Drawing an analogy to the biblical story of David and Goliath, this piece at PC World Canada spotlights a Jerusalem-based company offering a new operating system alternative. G.ho.st is a hosted, Web-based platform through which users can create and store files online. All they need is an Internet connection.
Recognizing that it's not in a position to compete with Microsoft, the company is targeting users who cannot afford their own PCs or laptops as well as those who are not permitted to create or save personal files on their work systems. Available in an alpha version since April, the OS leverages Linux as well as technologies architected in house, and it is hosted by Amazon Web Services data centers.
G.ho.st CEO Zvi Schreiber says the idea of Web-based computing has been around for a while, but not until Google and other companies began to offer Web-based word processors, calendars and other applications could a Web-based operating system really take off.