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  • Apple Wins Patent for Cloud-Based OS


    Apple was awarded a patent yesterday for ways to administer a network-booted operating system, in the strongest indication yet that the company is looking towards a cloud-based OS at some point in the future. The patent was filed in 2006 and is based on one that was originally filed in 1999, showing the longevity of Apple's interest in net-bootable computers. As Chrome OS finally comes to light, this development work at Apple suggests that the company may be preparing to take its war with Google into the cloud.

    The patent, "Method and apparatus for administering the operating system of a net-booted environment," specifically deals with the ability to boot an OS over the network: any network, be it a corporate LAN or the Internet. Unlike Google's Chrome OS, which boots from a Linux kernel and runs cloud-based apps in a browser window, the future Apple operating system would be "downloaded as a computer program product, wherein the program may be transferred from a remote computer (e.g., a server) to a requesting computer (e.g., a client) by way of data signals embodied in a carrier wave or other propagation medium via a communication link (e.g., a modem or network connection)." Administrators would be able to remotely manage multiple connected network computers, providing system updates that would be downloaded in the background.

    The patent document clearly shows its 90s roots, down to old-school network diagrams showing huge 20th-century tower servers and what look like Macintosh Classics as the clients. And much of the technology builds on the NetBoot system which has been a part of Mac OS X Server since the very first version. However, with the advent of cloud computing in the intervening years, the technology exists now to take this capability to the next level. There have been many hints over the last few months - the well-known giant data center in North Carolina and the job listing seeking network engineers to develop a "revolutionary" OS - suggesting this is exactly Apple's plan. Could the long-rumored "xOS," successor to both Mac OS X and iOS, be a cloud OS? And what might it take to jailbreak that? This decade already looks interesting.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Wins Patent for Cloud-Based OS started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      So...if there's a power outage in my house, or if for some reason my ISP is out (which isn't unheard of), not only will I not be able to access the internet, I can't even use my computer?

      Unless I'm missing something, a cloud based internet won't be a viable option until wireless internet is as cheap, ubiquitous, and reliable as electricity.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Won't be upgrading if I can't jailbreak.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      Won't be upgrading if I can't jailbreak.
      wrong thread?
    1. ToddD81's Avatar
      ToddD81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      wrong thread?
      That sound you heard fly over your head was the humor of his comment
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      I agree, this wouldnt be a good selling point for home users. Maybe for a corporate environment...?

      and yea, I believe he was referring to the phone os being net bootable, which would allow no such jailbreak since the os is housed on a server and we would just be attaching ourselves to the server...BAD.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Lol that's one detailed patent!
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      I dont understand how apple can patent a cloud based OS - will this mean that the other companies that have been devolping this over the last 4-5 years will be forced to pay apple for something that theyve already thought of?
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ToddD81 View Post
      That sound you heard fly over your head was the humor of his comment
      lol he obviously didn't get that one.
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      All we need is these 5 things:

      1. Hallie Berry

      2. Tight leather jumpsuit for aforementioned requirement

      3. Flash drive containing Cydia

      4. An elaborate, unlikely plan to break into the NC data center

      5. Plenty of dramatic background music

      And presto! Jailbreak for all
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ToddD81 View Post
      That sound you heard fly over your head was the humor of his comment
      Yeah...brain still hasn't recovered from new years!

    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      I find it amazing these people get patents for this crap, long before Apple even existed there was time sharing networked computers that could be called "cloud computing" if you wanted to.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      That's cool can't wait to see what's it's going to be like
    1. reopeadres's Avatar
      reopeadres -
      Wow a cool new way to get you computer hacked on the fly.
    1. hapishyguy's Avatar
      hapishyguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpkirkley View Post
      I dont understand how apple can patent a cloud based OS - will this mean that the other companies that have been devolping this over the last 4-5 years will be forced to pay apple for something that theyve already thought of?
      The patent system is very bad in US. I think of an idea and I patent it. You come up with pretty much same idea and want to implement it in big scale, guess what? I will be getting paid for just thinking of the idea and sitting my *** on the chair whereas you are making it big. Crappp!!!!