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The direction operating programs will go.





zeda
Windows Vista and Ubuntu were developed with the idea, that after the installation the user of the computer has about all the programs and functionalities the user might want to use. This results in big and heavy programs. The new direction Microsoft went with Windows 7 is that Microsoft decided to leave out some programs that not every user uses all the time. So a program like Window Movie Maker has to be downloaded seperately. The goal to keep the user attached to the operating program is changed for the option ot make the operating program relatively fast.

This leads to the question in which direction operating programs will head. Will they become smaller and faster in the nearby future? Will they after some time become operating programs only with the possibility to download all other applications, drivers and other programs like the browser from the internet? Or will the operating programs evolve in the direction of Google Chromium with a complete focus on the internet? An operating program becomes a sort of big browser with some applications like printing attached to the browser.
medesignz
the integration of OS and Web is the way forward. The way that Ie9 and Windows 7 works together is something short of phenomenal.
Fire Boar
Some applications are just essential. An image editor, picture viewer, instant messaging client, email, web browser, word processor, music player, video player and PDF viewer. These programs are what most users will use, and use frequently. A default installation of Ubuntu contains all these programs, whereas Windows 7 by default lacks an IM client (they've removed Windows Messenger, thank goodness, but where's the proper multi-protocol replacement?), a word processor (there's Microsoft Office, but you have to buy it separately), an email client (fortunately they removed Outlook from the default bundle due to suck) and a PDF viewer.

I'm all for stripping out the useless bloat. On the other hand, the essential apps for a desktop system shouldn't be left out, because it means the user then has to go software hunting as well as driver hunting before their system becomes usable.
menino
medesignz wrote:
the integration of OS and Web is the way forward. The way that Ie9 and Windows 7 works together is something short of phenomenal.

Yes, I do believe that the future of the OS will be Web based actually.
snowboardalliance
menino wrote:
medesignz wrote:
the integration of OS and Web is the way forward. The way that Ie9 and Windows 7 works together is something short of phenomenal.

Yes, I do believe that the future of the OS will be Web based actually.


I think web based OS's could only succeed to a wide audience when the data rates people can easily get access to are higher.

I mean, there are a lot of applications (video editing for instance) which would not work well on a light, web-based OS. On the other hand, people use things like SSH frequently when programming so writing a program with a web editor and then having it compile in the cloud could be quite feasible.

Still, I say that until people can have faster data connections, the web-based OS will really only be good for the people who are buying way over powered machines just to do web browsing and word processing.
medesignz
integration has already begun on windows 7 with ie9. obviously microsoft is going to have to lead the way, which is quite possible a shame, but the iPad is a good example of successful crossover
Fire Boar
medesignz wrote:
integration has already begun on windows 7 with ie9. obviously microsoft is going to have to lead the way, which is quite possible a shame, but the iPad is a good example of successful crossover


Eh? Since when have Microsoft ever led the way? In fact, Google is leading the way in OS/Web integration with Chromium OS, perhaps too quickly. A notable contender is Ubuntu, with messaging services and social networking seamlessly integrated with the desktop since Ubuntu 10.04 via Empathy and Gwibber (yet not taking up much room at the same time, so those that don't use the services can quite happily ignore it).
loyal
Fire Boar wrote:
A notable contender is Ubuntu, with messaging services and social networking seamlessly integrated with the desktop since Ubuntu 10.04 via Empathy and Gwibber (yet not taking up much room at the same time, so those that don't use the services can quite happily ignore it).


It's not that well integrated (desktop with social networking), otherwise pidgin would have worked with it too. Pidgin was the main instant messaging programme for ages. It should be supported for integration too.

Peace.
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