For past few months we have seen lots of OS news coming in to the market, it all started from Google announcing the Chrome OS and then the new Cloud OS from gOS, followed by Microsoft’s new Windows 7 and Apple new Snow Leopard OS. Also Blogs and Open source community seems to be focusing on the new cloud computing concept and desktop OS vs Cloud OS

If we look into the so called Google Chrome OS and Cloud OS from gOS, they are all  browser based or you can say a OS designed to access internet and date present in internet.

If we talk about data, your data like documents, presentation will go into Google docs or similar applications / YouTube, iMeem and other alike application for videos / audio and gmail, Facebook, IMs and other social networking sites to communicate with your friends. Or you can say your data will be floating in the internet and you need to go to each application for access them. In a way, we will loose the ease of  accessing data at one place i.e our desktop and we have to login to all these above mentioned applications.

Question coming to mind is, can we still collaborate all data at one place like we do on our windows / Mac desktop ??

Here we have one answer to that “Question?” that called web based OS … It not exactly an OS but, web based mimic of OS that we have today.

One of such web OS is eyeOS (there are many others also), eyeOS is a php based Web OS/ application (we will be referring it as OS here). Its completely Open Source solution and any one can download it under GNU-GPL license.

It can store all kind of data at one place and access from something called your online / web desktop, its also powered with some cool application again a mimic to original desktop versions.

Application>>

  • eyeOs comes with web based office application which replaces your desktop version of MS office. It not as matured as them but useful for editing excel and document file.
  • It also has a good file management capability
  • Also have an inbuilt media player.
  • You also have a in built IM chat and mail client, you can configure it your requirement.
  • Also it has desktop management tools, you can change desktop themes like you do for your  window desktop.
  • Last but not the least, Its an open source product ,  you could also develop application  using simple html, javascript ajax and php.
  • [check out screen shots below to see few of them.]

What Good / Bad about it.

Good part of this OS its completely online you can save data and access it from anywhere whenever you want. Its open source, so you could download it and modify it to your requirement.

Bad part is you need to be online to access it.

But how do i access it ?

It is purely Cloud Computing example. Currently this eyeOS is hosted on eyeOS linux based server. You can access Demo version of eyeOS by registering for the same with eyeOS.com. Demo version comes with 1-gb of free disk space and those cool applications.

I am not sure how much it will cost if you want to expand the space. eyeOS also comes with an enterprive cloud based paid serive.

Or else you can download this OS under the GNU-GPL license and use it on your PHP server,

Note For  PHP developer, You don’t have to install MySQL or any other kind of database for this OS / application, it work on pure folder structure of system you are using to port this application. [ Download eyeOS ]

<< Screen Shots Eye OS >>

Web based desktop of eyeOS

Web based desktop of eyeOS

Playing Linkin Park music on eyeOS flash based web -media player

Playing Linkin Park music on eyeOS flash based web -media player

Interface to upload files from desktop to web based eyeOS desktop

Interface to upload files from desktop to web based eyeOS desktop

online document editor - online replacement to original office apps

online document editor - online replacement to original office apps

Control Panel to manage users and themes.

Control Panel to manage users and themes.

File management interface, similar to linux file management interface.

File management interface, similar to linux file management interface.