I found this news to be very compelling as it shows that operating systems do not have to be limited to the constraints of a typical hard drive.
Why does this matter? Simple, dependency on things we used to place value on are changing in this industry. Hard drives will be optional when running your Windows OS, Microsoft working with Novell to make virtualization a more fluid experience for the end user, and Apple announcing that EMI will be releasing DRM-free mainstream music through their iTunes distribution channel. Do you see the common theme here? You would have to be asleep at the wheel not to.
Here within the next couple of years, it will not matter what OS you are using to accomplish your day to day tasks. With music DRM finally showing a chink in their armor thanks to EMI and Apple, Microsoft working with Novell to bridge the gap between the IP (Intellectual Property) and end-user confusion, Linspire’s CNR pushing to provide legal methods of distribution for Codecs and other proprietary goods on the Linux platform, everything previously mentioned is merging into one single commonality – real benefit to the end-user, no more being penalized for selecting one OS over another.
Look, there is a race to see who can make this type of thing, so fluid, so native feeling, that you actually forgot which OS you happen to be running. And what people are discovering is that it will take a combination of partnerships and working closely together to make this a true to life reality. This means that companies like Apple and Microsoft must continue to work toward losing the 1990’s type of thinking. Because when the day comes to where someone can use an application such as a browser, email client, text editor or whatever, on any platform. The need for one OS over another becomes a moot point. Boot camp? In just a few years it won’t matter!
We are entering a time where it will matter less which operating system you choose to run on. This means that you darn well better lose the “I have ___ OS because” nonsense. Becoming fluent with multiple platforms is just logical based on the current path of the industry. We are moving into a period where proprietary software and the open source software becomes no less important than the other. As for the financial merit of each, that will be up the developer to decide which one makes the most sense. Remember, soon there will be no wrong answer, it’s simple a fact.