[AI] Carry your desktop wherever you go

Syed Imran syed.fame at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 09:50:50 EDT 2007


System access? Where is it available?
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From: "Pranav Lal" <pranav.lal at gmail.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] Carry your desktop wherever you go


> Hi all,
>
> In accessibility terms, most of these applications are not accessible. 
> The
> only screen reader that can support such environments is system access.
>
> Pranav
>
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> Iqbal
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> Subject: [AI] Carry your desktop wherever you go
>
> business-standard
>
>
> Priyanka Joshi / New Delhi September 04, 2007
>
> OFFICE LIFE: Online desktops could be the next big step in the IT 
> revolution
> - bandwidth permitting.
>
> Virtualisation is fast touching data centres, but it's the desktop where 
> the
> next round of advances is expected. For now, the offtakes of virtual
> desktops
> or online desktops appears slow.
>
> A couple of strong-willed companies like Nivio and Red Hat are busy 
> pumping
> money into research and development and marketing, so as to get the 
> product
> right for the masses, but the buying proposition for online desktops is 
> yet
> to be clarified to the 40 million internet subscribers in India.
>
> Online desktops are best described as operating systems that keep all 
> their
> information online. Using virtual desktop services, a user can take his PC
> environment
> to different machines (including mobile phones) without physically
> transferring data.
>
> For instance, if he logs into a newly-installed computer, or is 
> travelling,
> his PC environment will be waiting for him, with no set-up to redo. If you
> find
> moving information between machines painful, then consider using an online
> desktop.
>
> "Thanks to online desktops, software and files no longer run on users'
> individual computers or local file servers. Instead, all applications, 
> data,
> email
> and are delivered from a managed data centre. IT is thus centralised and
> simplified, and all you need is an internet connection," explains Sachin
> Duggal,
> CEO, Nivio.
>
> The company is offering a virtual Windows XP environment to users at Rs 
> 399
> (per month), where one can select software suites like Microsoft Office,
> Adobe
> tools, instant messengers, security software and multimedia applications,
> among others.
>
> A Red Hat spokesperson says that the company is preparing to release in
> India this month the new Global Desktop that over time will grow into an
> online
> desktop, integrating online services into a client desktop platform.
>
> Red Hat has teamed up with Intel for the platform. Local PC manufacturers
> will build the actual systems, which will target small businesses and
> governments
> in emerging economies, while the software will be made available on 
> Intel's
> Classmate PC, a low cost notebook computer for students.
>
> "Integrating the online services with local data is what we will provide 
> for
> our next-generation online desktop," explains the Red Hat spokesperson,
> adding,
> "We won't be recreating a Windows paradigm, but delivering a customised
> Linux desktop instead."
>
> Red Hat has planned online Linux desktops in around seven regional 
> languages
> in India, so that it can convince users and government institutions to
> invest
> money.
>
> Nivio seems to have gathered some steam, having raised over $3.5 million
> through private equity. Earlier, the company had voiced its intentions of
> raising
> $5 million to fuel expansion, a search for investment that ended with AMD
> investing an "undisclosed sum" in R&D. Red Hat will also be announcing
> tie-ups
> in India to promote its global PC.
>
> "We think that migration from local applications to rich, collaborative
> online services such as Google Apps and Flickr potentially represents a 
> huge
> opportunity
> for open source on the desktop. So we're working to define and implement a
> contemporary desktop experience for this connected world," says the Red 
> Hat
> spokesperson.
>
> Also striking an optimistic note, Duggal says, "If you like web-based
> instant messengers, why stop there? Web-based operating isn't a bad idea
> either."
> Nivio targets registering 100,000 users by end-December 2007.
>
> Nivio's business model will be structured on selling storage beyond the 
> five
> gigabytes that comes free and selling subscriptions to a forthcoming
> enterprise
> version of the service. Duggal says his company works on the belief that 
> IT
> should be a commodity accessible to all regardless of socio-economic
> circumstances.
>
> But first, companies need to ensure that they bundle a broadband 
> connection
> with the online desktop products. While Nivio is already working on the
> concept,
> Red Hat seems to have no plans to tie-up with internet service providers.
> One close competitor here would be Sify, which recently launched Sify
> Anywhere,
> which too works on the virtual PC environment idea.
>
> One wonders: what is the real target market for the online desktop? 
> Emerging
> markets may seem the likely answer.
>
> But the fact that these markets are plagued by low or no bandwidth
> availability, extreme conditions, power issues, old or incompatible
> machines. And despite
> all optimisn, all these factors could combine to make online desktop
> services a tough sell.
>
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