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WebOS - Personal Desktop

WebOS - Personal Desktop

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Dashboard January 2007 Issue 
 
Shrohit Patel
 WebOS The next generation “PersonalDesktop”
 
 
 
Dashboard January 2007 Issue 
 WebOS: The next generation “Personal Desktop”
 
IntroductionWebOS
or
WebTop
is a virtual operating system that runs in your web browser
.
It is anenhanced concept developed from the
older method of working on UNIX.
Few years back, the usual way to connect to UNIX server was through dumb terminals. Theseterminals just consisted of display, input and network devices. To work, one needs to login tothe terminal to access all the applications and data. After logging in, applications from the servercan be used to process the data. As this method was implemented on LAN, speed wasn’t ofmuch concern. However, can this system be implemented over the internet?The answer is “Yes”.
AJAX
has made this possible. AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)is the technology that has fuelled the idea of
WebOS
. WebOS is the solution to provideapplications in the browser using AJAX. Through WebOS, anyone can edit their documents,compose and send mails, use calendar, address book etc. WebOS is not an Operating System,it is an application. Using the browser anyone can use this essential daily application over theinternet.
 
Types of WebOS:
Currently, there are several WebOSs available. The table below shows comparisons betweendifferent WebOSs.
 
Name Developer Engine FreeSupportexternalapplicationsGraphical UserInterfaceWebtop
 AtlantisComputingAJAX Yes (Beta) Yes
Tab-basedDesktopTwo
 Sapotek FlashYes(Proprietary)No
 Windows-likeEyeOS
 eyeOS Team AJAXYes (OpenSource GPL)Yes
Mac-likeFenestela(French)
 ? AJAX No Yes
Windows-likeG.ho.s.t
 Ghost Inc Flash Yes No
Windows-likeGoowy
 Goowy Media,Inc.FlashYes(Proprietary)No
Tab-basedProtopage
 ? AJAX Yes Yes
Tab-based
 
 
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Purefect
 KlorofilProject/SaltaneraPHP +AJAXYes (OpenSource CPL)Yes
Windows+Mac-likeVirtual-OS
 AdvancedWebhostingNetworkPHP +AJAXYes (OpenSource MIT)Yes
Windows-likeWebtopOS
 WebtopOS Inc. AJAX/J2EEYes (paidplan indevelopment)Yes
Windows-likeXinDesk
 XIN AJAXInvitationOnly (alpha)Yes
Windows-likeYouOS
 WebShaka, Inc. AJAXYes(Proprietary)Yes
OS/2-likeNetvibes 
Netvibes Team AJAXYes(Proprietary)Yes
Tab-based
*Courtesy wikipedia.org 
 
Benefits of the WebOS:
Worldwide availability:As it’s available through internet
Requires only browser:A browser with java support is more than enough
Dynamic content and design:Interface can be customized according your needs, windows are floating so that theycan be repositioned
Extensive list applications:Office applications, multimedia applications, network applications and chat applicationsetc. are available.
Remote storage facility:Through the file browser you can store files over the internet and edit them as you want.
Browser and Platform independent:All browsers and all operating systems are supported.
Rich text editing facility

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