Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Reflections 8

Ubuntu, one of the best-known Linux distributions,announced her next
release name - Karmic Koala.

A good Koala knows how to see the wood for the trees, even when her head is in the clouds. Ubuntu aims to keep free software at the forefront of cloud computing by embracing the API's of Amazon EC2, and making it easy for anybody to setup their own cloud using entirely open tools. - Mark Shuttleworth

Well, with such gigantic Koala the sky is the limit.

Personally, I'm sceptical and even afraid about this cloud computing. With every generation web software becomes more and more abusive in terms of keeping one's privacy. The shift to "desktop as your browser powered by the cloud" may look cute at the begining, just as endangered Koala hiding in the trees of Eucaliptus, but leave her unattended and she might transform to grotesque Notre Dame gargoyle statue.

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