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KDE's Expanded Desktop vs. Online Apps

Aug 25, 2009, 18:17 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"But, unperceived by most people, another possibility is now being defined in the KDE 4 series of releases: a vision of desktop-oriented computing in which individual applications are enhanced by Internet resources without being dependent on them, and all online interaction is not funneled through a browser. This vision of the merger of the Internet and the desktop seems a far healthier alternative than accepting online applications -- so much so that I believe that which of these visions wins out could directly determine the survival of free software.

"By that, I do not mean that freely available source code is in any danger of disappearing. Rather, I mean that the goals of the free software movement -- loosely speaking, the complete control of computers by their users -- will become impossible if online applications become the core of personal computing."

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