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The Cloud and Future Innovation: Nuclear Winter or New Opportunity?

Sep 21, 2009, 17:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"Just kidding. In all honesty, it did go well, and was more of a long discussion than a full-blown speech, since I am big on interaction. The topic of the discussion is "Linux Everywhere You Want It," with the idea that with Linux being pretty much everywhere in platform-space today, the idea of the traditional desktop paradigm is evolving from the sit-on-the-PC-with-files-and-folders model to anything-that-can-provide-a-good-window model.

"The big drivers for this shift, in my opinion, are two-fold: first, the flexibility and stability of Linux allows it to be ported to all of these different platforms, which forms a great basis for the growth of this new model. The second, which is no big surprise, is the cloud. After all, the platform-as-a-window model only works if there's something good to look at. If my bay window looks out over an alley rather than a river, you can see how it wouldn't have much appeal."

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