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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...
01-05-2011, 10:29 AM #1
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.
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01-05-2011, 11:19 AM #2
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.
01-05-2011, 12:37 PM #3
Won't be upgrading if I can't jailbreak.
01-05-2011, 12:39 PM #4
01-05-2011, 12:51 PM #5
01-05-2011, 01:32 PM #6
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.
01-05-2011, 02:06 PM #7
Lol that's one detailed patent!Let's go Red Wings!
01-05-2011, 02:32 PM #8
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?EVGA P55LE Mobo/Core [email protected]/Corsair H50
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01-05-2011, 03:36 PM #9
01-05-2011, 07:03 PM #10
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
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01-06-2011, 07:26 AM #11
01-06-2011, 10:13 AM #12
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.I don't drink kool-Aid, I don't join cults.
This is why I break out in cold sweat going to Apple retail store.
01-06-2011, 10:53 PM #13
That's cool can't wait to see what's it's going to be likeYou don't like the iPad because you don't have one!
01-09-2011, 12:37 PM #14
Wow a cool new way to get you computer hacked on the fly.
01-10-2011, 06:56 AM #15