"A FOSSCamp session led by Red Hat developers presented the
GNOME Online Desktop project, the nexus of GNOME's efforts to
integrate support for modern web services into the open source
desktop environment. As social networking web sites and other Web
2.0 technologies become more pervasive, some believe that desktop
computers will increasingly be seen primarily as vehicles for
accessing content that resides in the cloud. This shift away from
conventional desktop applications will give open source software a
bit of an advantage, since web applications are largely
platform-neutral. Providing improved web services integration in
the desktop environment could theoretically make GNOME a more
appealing choice for a growing number of users who depend primarily
on web applications..."
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