[linux-elitists] Google uber alles

Greg Folkert greg at gregfolkert.net
Sat Jul 11 20:50:17 PDT 2009

On Sun, 2009-07-12 at 02:02 +0000, Jason White wrote:
> Rick Moen  <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> >A Linux distro configured for hosted proprietary applications:  I'm just
> >overcome with excitement.  
> I share Rick's sentiment. My larger worry concerns the whole "cloud computing"
> craze, with its associated aim of turning everybody's desktop system into
> little more than a terminal accessing corporate-hosted server-side
> applications. This very much reminds me of the corporate driven publicity ten
> years ago surrounding Java: the idea was supposed to be that we would
> eventually be running server-side applications on thin Java clients.

See X-Terminal. Or Running XDMCP on a server and allowing your X-Server
to be managed by it.

> I think there are many organizations and individuals who would be unwilling to
> hand over their data and applications to third parties, especially large
> service providers, but then again, the extent of stupidity, ignorance and
> short-term self-interested thinking always has the capacity to amaze.

I'm confused. Are you saying:

Entities (people or organizations) would be stupid for handing their
data and applications to third parties.


Entities (people or organizations) would be stupid for NOT handing their
data and applications to third parties.

I'd like to know.

Just as an FYI, I work for a SaaS that is PCI compliant as we handle
lotsa Credit Card Data. Our main method and e-mail is Google Hosted Apps
and Google Hosted E-Mail.

I'm not saying I love it, but it is much better than having our
"internal wiki-ish knowledge base" for collaboration... easier than
maintaining two separate services for many people's e-mail (external
spam/virus services and mail services pop/imap/mx). Keeping yet another
service for calendars, and web-dav and personal sites and external
sharing and ... other stuff.

We also have hosted Asterisk... with geo-redundant fail-over. Use DNS
Made Easy.

Oh did I mention we don't have any brick and mortar locations?

Ehhh, what do I know.
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