It is undeniable that most people just use the browser and email for daily work. And that is all the support from the “OS” they need, the rest of the crap just gets in the way. As more of the smart phones get sold, does anybody know what they are running under the hood anymore? And when does the smart phone become the computer? Soon methinks. And who wants to burden their smart phone with windows ....
So far MS has been able to fool people into thinking they need Windows, but they really don’t. When HP ships their pads and net-tops with Palm software on-board, the end will begin.
It’s not a myth, nobody needs an OS anymore. They want to do something.
Didn’t the feds just sign up for the cloud that no one uses?
Just because they don’t know what the OS is doesn’t mean it’s not there and isn’t necessary. The smart phone will never become the computer, they’re too small for real work. Try typing or even reading a 30 page document on your smart phone.
There’s still going to be an OS under that Palm software.
No it’s a myth, you might not need to know how to tweak your OS, but OSes do a lot more than what users think it does. All interaction with the hardware, all output and all input, come from the OS.
I didn’t say no one uses the cloud. I said they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Clouds sound great all the way until you lose your connection and that document you absolutely have to see to do your work is gone, not to mention what happens when that cloud company ceases to exist. Local copies will always be more stable and useful than clouds. Look at the problems WordPress has had lately, imagine if your vital documents were there instead of on your computer and you needed them that day to close a million dollar sale, oops, too bad. The cloud is nothing more than trying to bring back the dumb terminal, there’s a reason computing moved away from the dumb terminal.
“Its not a myth, nobody needs an OS anymore.”
That’s like saying cars don’t need engines any more because dashboards are going all digital.
Half the time people talk about operating systems they don’t even know what one is, conflating OS with GUI - those are two different things.