North American Network Operators Group|
Date Prev | Date Next | Date Index | Thread Index | Author Index | Historical
Re: The next broadband killer: advanced operating systems?
On Mon, 22 Oct 2007 19:39:48 PDT, Hex Star said: > I can see "advanced operating systems" consuming much more bandwidth > in the near future then is currently the case, especially with the web > 2.0 hype. You obviously have a different concept of "near future" than the rest of us, and you've apparently never been on the pushing end of a software deployment where the pulling end doesn't feel like pulling. I suggest you look at the uptake rate on Vista and various Linux distros and think about how hard it will be to get people to run something *really* different. > the operating system interface will allow it to potentially be > offloaded onto a central server allowing for really quick seamless > deployment of updates and security policies as well as reducing the > necessary size of client machine hard drives. Not only this but it'd I hate to say it, but Microsoft's Patch Tuesday probably *is* already pretty close to "as good as we can make it for real systems". Trying to do *really* seamless updates is a horrorshow, as any refugee from software development for telco switches will testify. (And yes, I spent enough time as a mainframe sysadmin to wish for the days where you'd update once, and all 1,297 online users got the updates at the same time...) Also, the last time I checked, operating systems were growing more slowly than hard drive capacities. So trying to reduce the size is really a fool's errand, unless you're trying to hit a specific size point (for example, once it gets too big to fit on a 700M CD, and you decide to go to DVD, there really is *no* reason to scrimp until you're trying to get it in under 4.7G). You want to make my day? Come up with a way that Joe Sixpack can *back up* that 500 gigabyte hard drive that's in a $600 computer (in other words, if that backup scheme costs Joe much more than $50, *it wont happen*).