The Cr-48 and Chrome OS: Google's vision of the net
Posted Jan 18, 2011 1:57 UTC (Tue) by jhs
Parent article: The Cr-48 and Chrome OS: Google's vision of the net
Thank you for the detailed review.
"Data in the cloud" systems have security concerns of their own (it would be nice if a Chrome OS system could be backed up by providers other than Google, for example)
A Chrome OS system can be backed up by providers other than Google. The answer is to use services which treat data the same way the free software movement treats code.
That is exactly the vision of my company, CouchOne. CouchDB is a Free Software database and application server. Its native protocol is HTTP and its primary feature is peer-to-peer replication. CouchDB is the kitchen sync for the web—the filesystem of the Internet.
At the latest Ubuntu Developer Summit, my standard quip was this: CouchDB sucks at everything. Except sync. And incidentally, sync is the most important feature a developer cares about in the future.
I come from a heavy free software philosophy. When I interviewed at CouchOne, I was skeptical, thinking they simply hawk yet another another immature "big data" NoSQL server. But I realized they think about data freedom how I think about software freedom. Now I run our CouchDB hosting service.
That is why, unlike some free software leaders, I am excited about a more web-based, cloud-based software future—done correctly!
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