Studied the world of open source all the way back home. Another door gradually opened for me. I feel enlightened that so many things I didnt know or has known, such as web 2.0, open source, copyleft and cloud/ distributed/ grid/ parallel computing, are all actually conveying the same spirit- that is global cooperation.
The basic working principle can be summarized as ‘put the data online and let the rest of the world do the computing’. Take cloud computing as an example. We rent the capability of computing and the data centre can decide how much resource to be distributed to your request. It’s such a brilliant idea to draw parallel with an electricity plant. Each of us dont have to buy electricity generator for ourselves, we just use electricity derived from the plant and pay for it.
As to say open source software and OS, they can be freely copied, modified and re-published. So we can see efficiency, fast upgrade, low cost and security. LInux has been a great success of this kind. And to my proud as a genuine google fan, just after the study, google announced its own chrome OS based on Linux Kernal on its blog! It initially aims at netbooks (naturally). As we put more and more on the internet, use web application rather than traditional desktop app, requirements for hardware are lowered. I’m almost over-excited just by thinking how fucking cool it will be that I can play any games I want without worrying about my laptop’s deposition. So, that’s why we say open source sentenced hardware to death lol!!
As their inner nature, google and IBM are borned to be open source advocators and pioneers. Google turns everything into service; IBM, an already existing data centre with its power of making super computers, as is. Both of them plus various Linux kernal OS distributers, have proved to be commercially successful under the flag of seemingly un-profitable open source. That finally makes Microsoft turns out to be such a greedy devil! And well on the other hand as I doubt the necessity of keep my loyalty to the entire sery of microsoft product or service. I have google app to replace office, Gtalk to replace MSN, Gmail to replace hotmail… However I fall into such a paradox. Apparently it’s no easy thing to give up all these I’ve been so used to. Will I ever desert my Live Space? The fact is I saw some traces indicating microsoft is reaching out for its lost customers. First they provided skydrive as their first step. The more glorious second step is they give up bunddling IE8 into their new Windows 7 OS, although it creates confusion among public that how to install a new browser without a browser-_-b. Anyway, I might try google app and even choose a Redhat Linux operation system in the near future, but I’m glad to maintain some habits. Great fun sitting here watching these big companies fighting in this overwhelming trend. I’m so happy with them competing with each other (google will win) and this competition bring us that fascinating open-source vision near o/