A few days ago we mentioned the intentions of the KDE group to bring their desktop to the cloud, through the OwnCloud project. Today we have to comment on another project that has been serving users for a long time, eyeOs.
EyeOs, according to Wikipedia, is a free, cross-platform, virtual desktop based on the desktop of an operating system. It is as if we had an online operating system. Or the same as saying, a cloud computing system or cloud computing.
Much is being said in the blogosphere about cloud computing, so we are just going to do a simple review, to understand what we are talking about. Cloud computing, or cloud computing, is a model that allows to offer computing services through the Internet.
That is to say that in this case, speaking of eyeOS, is a computational service that oroffers a virtual desktop as if it were our own PC, and with the same applications: save and create documents, surf the internet, store contacts, manage event agendas, RSS reader, email client, FTP client and much more. All this, through a Web browser, and without using the resources of our machine.
Many will surely have heard of eyeOs, which is a virtual storage system with a graphic desktop environment, based on the cloud and on Free Software, developed by two teenagers from Barcelona and brought to light in mid-2005. It was intended to cover the Netbook market, but had so much acceptance and support (even from IBM) that in 2006 they opened eyeOs.info.
And this is what we are going to talk about here: eyeOs.info, a web application licensed under the GPL and based on its original software that anyone can enter and use it as if it were an operating system. I honestly have been using it for several months now and it has given me great pleasure. Simple, safe, stable, beautiful and practical.
So, if you have been seriously thinking about abandoning the services of Google or Microsoft, but you can not stop having a virtual space where to store your data to be able to access it from another location, eyeOs.info is a good solution. It is Free Software, and therefore respect your rights.
Main features of eyeOs
One of the main features (if not the main one!) Of eyeOs, is that no installation required. Being a virtual desktop on the Web, it can be accessed through any device (for example a web browser), and control your data.
Always online, which allows the user to access their information and the number of applications available from anywhere on the planet. This online availability has no dependency and has (according to its developers) a strong security system.
It's Free Software. This allows anyone to download eyeOs and set up their own web desktop. It is even possible to do it on an internal computer network. In addition, it allows developers around the world to provide new tools and applications for eyeOs, adding more to everything the community already has.
EyeOs is ideal for those who tend to travel frequently, since it can be accessed from any point and with any device. But also eyeOs is framed as a very good alternative for schools and public administrations that want centralized storage.
Finally, eyeOs is very pretty. Your desktop reminds me a lot of KDE (it is very similar), with the use of transparencies, widgets built into the desktop, and a very nice taskbar. Your desktop is highly customizable, with the possibility of installing themes such as Oxygen, used by KDE.
How to use eyeOs
To make use of the eyeOs web desktop, we just have to enter its official website and create an account, where surprisingly there is very little information requested: user, password and language. Once this is done, we enter eyeos.info, log in and that's it. We are already in the mood to make use of all the applications. Simple right?
Once inside the virtual desktop, with just a right click we see an access to the first actions that we can perform: upload files, create a new folder, create a new file, create a new launcher, paste, reload or update and preferences.
Within the System Preferences, we see all the options to customize our account, such as: change the desktop background, change the desktop theme, information about me, and everything that desktop refers to.
In addition, eyeOs has a Toolbar from where we can launch applications. Among the most outstanding applications we see: an office package with a word processor, spreadsheets and presentations; Internet tools such as a web browser, RSS reader, email client, and FTP client; games and process management. In addition to an agenda, calendar, calculator, contact manager and a public board from which to communicate with other eyeOs.info users.
Without a doubt that eyeOs.info is a very good alternative worth trying. And as its developers correctly stated to the blog HoyTecnologa: We are the Linux of cloud computing.