The last obstacles to widespread offering of */Linux to consumers have been pushed aside with Android/Linux devices and Chromebooks but now Google has figured out how to push M$ aside (a bit) on business desktops. There, M$ has businesses locked in with all kinds of business-centric software that is only available on TOOS (That Other OS). Google is getting together with VMware to offer those applications on Chromebooks. Whoohoo!
“Google Chromebooks can save businesses about $5,000 per computer when compared to traditional PCs. Chromebooks are designed for the way people use computers today and are a secure, easy and cost-effective solution to help organizations embrace a new way of doing business. Through our partnership with VMware, businesses can now capitalize on these advantages with access to legacy applications, data and desktops they need to keep employees productive.”
Lest there be any confusion, this solution envisions allowing software to run on a server somewhere dealing with users out there using Chromebooks. “Lowest cost of delivery â€“ open source based technology eliminates MS licensing fees from the cost of hosting desktops, no third party software to manage” (VMware Horizon DaaS Platform). This will hurt M$’s enterprise bottom line if businesses go this way. This will bring more FLOSS and */Linux to the desktops and servers of big businesses. It’s all good.