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Five Web Operating Systems You Can Take for a Spin

Oct 14, 2009, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

[ Thanks to Michael Hall for this link. ]

"The computers we use to access Web OSs really only have to have a Web browser. Since most of the computing power is performed by the cloud server, the end-user computers can be more basic systems, saving us money. Plus, administrators can easily control the applications and settings of the virtual desktops. This can greatly simplify an organization's network setup, especially for smaller businesses that might not be familiar with traditional virtualization or thin client architecture.

"eyeOS is an open source Web OS, hosted via a public server, or it can be installed onto your own Web server. In addition to the OS and desktop environment (as you see in Figure 1) it includes over 60 applications. If you know PHP, XML, and JavaScript, you can actually create your own apps using the eyeOS Toolkit.

"You'll find programs for most day-to-day tasks. The word processor is compatible with the Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.org formats and the email client supports POP3 and IMAP accounts. You can import your contacts into the address book, play your music and videos, and view and edit photos."

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