Thursday, August 26, 2004

The Google Browser

For awhile, I've been thinking that Google is quite vulnerable by allowing IE be such an important part of their applications (Search, Blogger, GMail, etc). Microsoft is openly going for Google's throat, and IE is probably going to be the weapon of choice. I saw an interesting piece today about the idea of Google partnering with the Mozilla Foundation to create a Google browser. If Google really wants to build the Internet Operating System, they'll eventually need to protect their interests by making sure their platform remains standards-based from end-to-end. In that sense, they should be very interested in helping FireFox a to be a real player. See the article here.

Friday, August 13, 2004

The Open Source Paradigm Shift

Tim O'Reilly has an insightful essay about the open source paradigm shift that's happening. I've been thinking about the idea of the new operating system being the Internet itself. In that view, one can argue that many of the most important features of Microsoft's new operating system releases since Windows 95 have been designed to emulate Internet functionality originally created by open source developers. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see how this pans out.