Role of the OS on the desktop?

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[Update: be sure to read the comments for more on the coming ‘application agnostic’ world.] Kimbro at Virtualization Daily and Scott Lowe are having an interesting conversation on the Role of the OS from the desktop perspective. I’m knee-deep working with virtual appliances these days, which tend to be server-based at this point. There we Read more...

Virtual Grids and Resource Pools

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If you clicked through on the last post (There is No Spoon), you’ll see that Paul, our intrepid blogger, finished his rant with: The Von Neumann Architecture is not so much going to die as it is going to replicate itself so many times it is going to force us to consider other, more simple Read more...

There is No Spoon: An Operating System Rant

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Link: Brownian Musings: Operating Systems never did exist, and the ones we have are doomed…. This is one of my very favorite rants. And it is one that generally has traction with people that just want to use computers, and has no traction with people that have been sucked into the way we build and Read more...

Freedom from OS lock-in

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Background reading for today’s opening keynote at VMworld. There will be no quiz following the session, but there is a tectonic shift going on in IT — it pays to pay attention. Overview page: Freedom There is a significant change underway in systems infrastructure. The traditional infrastructure model of a single monolithic system running a Read more...

Changing Role of the OS

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VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum will be speaking at VMworld next week. At some point in the recent past he was sitting on a plane beside Dan Farber of ZDNet and had this to say: The biggest misconception is server consolidation. It was the first big application in the enterprise. Part of the problem with being Read more...