IBM never sold mainframes, it rented them
Posted Jun 21, 2012 23:12 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: mainframe -> minicomputer -> PC -> smartphone
Parent article: Why We're Fighting for an Open Cloud (Linux.com)
IBM rented mainframes from the day one - and you had the ability to rent part of it.
But then, if you needed to reach it you had to rent the line (only after 1984 it become possible to use regular phone line for that and bandwidth was atrocious).
Smartphones are fundamentally different: they are phones, after all. Always-connected nature is their raison d'être, not some kind of bonus! This means "cloud" is natural extension of the smartphone, not something optional.
Of course Landley is correct in noting that our current paradigm (where we have huge expensive servers "in the cloud" and smartphones as mere clients) is temporary, but it just means that we should think more about "P2P cloud developments" and not concentrate on free software replacements for dropbox.
E.g.: we should not try to write FOSS replacement for the Facebook - we should think if we can create distributed system which can provide similar capabilities.
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