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The Best Way to Master a Technology Is to Teach It to Others

Anton Bar

G.ho.st, Inc.
Israel

Open Web Operating System

Did you know that the term "electronic mail" was introduced 30 years ago? Queen Elizabeth of Britain sent her first email in 1976!

Email hasn’t changed much since then and operating systems haven’t changed much either. They use exactly the same concept since the seventies! You have a physical computer with all your programs and data. You have to administer your operating system, install updates, make backups, update anti-virus software, and configure firewalls. From time to time you need to upgrade hardware, copy data, reinstall software, and restore preferences. And it’s only available on that one physical computer.

In the Internet Era things have finally begun to change – we keep more and more data on the web, and applications are moving online. So some applications are now available from any browser and Web applications tend to be admin-free as well.

Now there is a new problem – the online services are isolated – users have to remember many different URLs, login names, and passwords. Service providers use different file systems, categorization schemes, search engines, and APIs. It is very difficult to move data from one service to another.

In this presentation, I will show how to build an open source web operating system using open community standards, such as OpenID, DataPortability, OAuth, OpenSAM and WebDAV and consolidating multiple and diverse online services and provides the freedom of choice of location, device, and user interface.

Specific capabilities that will be demonstrated with fun examples include:

  • Web desktop
  • Web virtual file system
  • Web virtual database
  • Identity management and SSO

Open Web File System

Did you know that the fastest internet connection available today is used for drying laundry? We have a much better idea!

Due to the phenomenal growth of the broadband internet, online services are getting more sophisticated, more applications are moving online, and a new set of data resources is emerging.

In the past, when we needed to access data from different operating systems, we used POSIX. Now, when data is stored on the Web, on a number of different service providers, a new solution is required.

In this presentation, I will discuss a new, free and open source Virtual File System API and show how it can be used for accessing data stored on multiple heterogeneous systems. The API uses a range of free community standards including OpenID, DataPortability, OAuth, OpenSAM and WebDAV, and handles all essential features, such as user identification, authorization, sharing, categorization, search, and access control.

The talk will show how file storage services like YouTube, Google Docs, Flickr, Box.net and others can be “mounted” just as easily as a Windows C, D and E drives.

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Anton Bar has over 15 years of experience in software development, and over 10 years experience in building high-performance distributed operating systems.

Anton is currently serving as the Director of the Developer Community at G.ho.st, Inc., the first Israeli and Palestinian start-up in history, developing an award-winning, free virtual computer on the Web.

Anton is a long time contributor to MOSIX, a free distributed operating system based on Linux.

During the early 90’s, Anton founded start-up developing software for the optimization of networking over satellite lines, later acquired by ViaSat, Inc. Anton also served as CTO for CDIS, an enterprise content management company.

In the past two years, Anton spoke and was well received at three conferences in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Anton holds a Masters degree in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Email: anton@g.ho.st