The Firefox computer

Jon Callaghan has some thoughts on how easy it was for him to switch from a PC to a Mac.

This made me think about the Windows Vista launch and the inevitable OS X vs Vista comparisons, and how come I’m deeply uninterested in any of it.

I run a PC at home and a Mac on the road. Their respective operating systems just don’t get me very excited these days. The only thing I care about is that they run Firefox. That’s because my digital day is currently spent in the following apps: WordPress, Yahoo Mail, Bloglines, 30boxes and Google. And they all run perfectly well in Firefox. So as long as I can get to Firefox, I’m pretty much surrounded by everything I need for my work. The only desktop app I use regularly is an IRC client and occasionally I’ll use Open Office to edit a Word document (I bet I could move both of those to web based apps as well).

This leads me to the following conclusion: I want a Firefox computer. A nice, sleek, solid state notebook with a big screen that you open up and it just runs Firefox. I bet this could be had for a reasonable price, it could have a nice long battery life and start up almost instantly. I’d still have a PC or Mac at home to store my photos and music, but for my everyday work life the Firefox computer is all I need.

26 comments

  1. ggwfung

    the web's changed the game. OS is quite unimportant these days except for aesthetics and usability. In terms of lockin, it's just not there anymore.

    ggw

  2. Pingback: Nokia N800 as Firefox Computer? « Changing Way
  3. Internet Television

    [...] February 11, 2007 @ 2:25 pm It's just not possible because you would still need an operating system and Firefox can not be run on it's own. You could however have a DOS based system that could run a dos or unix based browser like Lynx. But say we wanted a Firefox computer, and didn't mind having Windows installed on it (a stripped down version of course), would it be possible? Well let's take a look… [...]

  4. Pingback: ThoughtStream: Nitin Badjatia's Weblog
  5. Pingback: düğümküme » Sadece Web Tarayıcısı Çalıştıran Bilgisayarlar Devri
  6. Pingback: Standard Deviations » Nice integration of IM into Yahoo Mail
  7. kieran

    I'd still need IE to be sure my code works in legacy apps ;-), but with Oracle Application Express all my development is done through a browser. Google spreadsheets records my timesheet and expenses. Most of the other apps I use are written in java. A FF/Java pc would be perfect.

  8. Pingback: The Firefox computer - Why not? « Tons of Fresh News
  9. Pingback: .: On Tokyo Time :. » Have You Missed This?
  10. Pingback: EeePC « Toni’s Garage
  11. Hilma Volk

    Firefox would be okay if you're only doing web stuff. But what about software ? While there are software converters and programs that let your view documents made with other systems, the interchangeabiliy isn't perfece.

    If you use more than text, www, email and Adobe I don't know why you would want two different operating systems.

    Software on it's own system can be unstable enough.

  12. jmk

    What would be the ideal specs on things like screen size? Is a battery needed? I am guessing that a notebook form factor is desired, it does make it easier to move around.

    How much local storage? 8 gig. would give a decent Linux install with growth and be reasonably cheap.

  13. Pingback: TechCrunch interested in developing own web tablet — with your help | last100
  14. Pingback: Mozilla in Asia » Blog Archive » The Firefox computer circa 2008

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s