Got some free time so was playing around with de.lirio.us, a bookmarking service similar to del.icio.us but fully FOSS.I've ofcourse migrated fully to Shadows, so these old-age services don't interest me anymore.Why I did use de.lirio.us was to experiment with how a bookmarking service can be used inside a corporate intranet. Set it up on the intranet for the geeks to play around.
Who would use this ? Perhaps a few bench-ers and a few people who really know what a social bookmarking service really is.Current installation is purely for academic purposes..
Some idea's do come to mind, perhaps creating something like StumbleUpon would be easy using de.lirio.us considering it's based on Perl (Rubric).All that's required is when someone submits a URL using a firefox extension it goes into a global category pool.The firefox extension also communicates to the de.lirio.us mother site and "get's" recently submitted URL's and displays them to the user.We could have categories like Technology,Fun,Books etc which are actually predefined tags and when a user selects a category of his liking the extension is actually pulling in an RSS feed of that tag.Some sort of P2P knowledge sharing possibility ? Commercial value? Too early to talk about this stuff..
And, this thought struck me today while discussing GAIM 2.0 with Mahendra.There's a lot of talk off-late about the "Google OS", guess what, it's never going to happen, guess what(again), it's already there, only not complete but is out in the hands of the public for beta-testing.It's the browser! GMail + Gtalk in one window(tab) is all that joe-net-goer needs.Add a VOIP extension to the browser and your internet suite is complete. *All in a single browser window*.That is the Google OS.
Consider this, does Google want to take up a Linux Distribution ?
Having a Linux Distro might be cool, but it's a ball-and-chain, look at Novell, they have SUSE ,NLD but what's the outcome? NLD is nowhere on the Desktop Distro radar and SUSE, apart from Europe is not creating any impressions.No, Google getting into the desktop/server OS business is a bad move, stick to the sidelines like IBM and reap the benefits, as the Distro vendors make sure the distro's are supported and run without any problems.
Google should stick to the Web, that's where the war is currently being fought,imagine a GBrowser with integrated Google Search,GMail + GTalk and an integrated VOIP extension.On top of all this you have the GServices,(basically anything starting with G) GMaps,GEarth,GFriend(Friendster).What more does a person need ? I'm expecting the launch of the GBrowser soon, either based on Firefox or Opera,not a native one developed inhouse at Google.Why ? there's no need! Mozilla/Opera will take good care of their browsers by themselves and the Google funding/dev-help will just be a bonus.
Why does Google need native applications running on Windows/Linux when it can reproduce the same on the web ?