[FoRK] The Future of Desktops

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Sun Mar 2 15:42:11 PST 2014

I think they're still around, just renamed.  http://www.numecent.com/
They call it "cloudpaging" now.  I don't known what it's like now, but 
back then it was far too difficult to package an application to work in 
that format due to the requirement that it had to be indistinguishable 
from a local install.  Other approaches ran in a container, which while 
it limited the ability of the software to rely on other installed 
software on the system causing you to send all the dependencies too, the 
simplicity won out.


On 3/2/2014 8:59 AM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
> I remember the app streaming company. Did it lost out to remote displays
> because it couldn't be guaranteed to work with any possible homegrown
> application, often very "legacy" (old and undermaintained)?  The
> over-generalization of my experience is that there's always something that
> won't run with the intelligent/superior solution because it's too old or
> too stupidly written, and no one wants (or can) fix it.  And if you get
> through that barrier, the crappier/brain-dead solution will be found to be
> cheaper and "good enough" [regardless of whether it's actually
> sufficient...]
> Ken Meltsner
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