Posted Jul 29, 2010 10:35 UTC (Thu) by NAR
In reply to: Whoosh!
Parent article: GUADEC: Luis Villa points GNOME at the web
all these extra layers will work find if you are on a high-powered mains powered system connected to a high-speed, low-latency network connection. but change any of these criteria and the feasability of 'everything is the web' starts falling apart rapidly.
Exactly. In my experience it takes about 2-5 seconds to open an e-mail in gmail while with the local pine client it's instant. WWW stands for World Wide Wait. In my experience the latency is simply unacceptable for most web based applications. Reliability is also worse: it's not enough that my computer works, the connection to my ISP must work, the international line of my ISP must work and also the server must not be down. A number of extra components that can broke down.
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