In a recent article over at MyBroadband, Alastair Otter says that the end of the OS is nigh. I couldn't disagree more. His argument is that cloud applications along with browser innovations will replace our normal applications. He argues that cross platform compatibility of those cloud applications will be the push. I see a few problems.
There is a large segment of computer users who, much like myself, will never want to trust their data to some large company miles away. Such users will typically also crave control of their applications. Cloud "apps" are anything but open source. For one, half of the application isn't even on my computer. Secondly, the data is either on that same server hoarding half of my app, or it's replicated across all of my devices.