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苹果iPhone iPad上云端                                    消息来源:appleinsider.com

苹果(周二)获得美国专利商标局批准一项有关网络启动操作系统( net-booting)的专利,意味苹果锐意进行云端技术,为新一代 Mac OS iOS操作系统铺路,令将来的 iPhone iPad透过互联网操作,毋须预先安装任何操作系统。

毋须预先安装操作系统

这项名为「网络启动环境操作系统的方法与设备」的专利,提到用户可用未来的操作系统经网络启动计算机或手机,允许网络管理员更新任何一台连接网络计算机的系统磁盘区,简化了管理员处理多重网络用户( network client)的流程。此后,任何网络用户在产品启动时皆可获取软件更新信息。
云端操作系统并非苹果首创, Google几年前已着手研发云端 Chrome OS系统,微软也致力开发云端操作系统 Windows Azure,苹果今次取得有关专利,加上最近招聘 iOS软件工程师,又兴建 50万平方呎的新数据中心,相信是要支持云端技术产品,要从后赶上 Google和微软,进一步巩固苹果在高新科技消费产品市场的地位。
其实云端技术是计算机发展大趋势。云端技术是把所有资料经互联网处理,「云」指由多部超级计算机组成的数据中心,用户随便找一部可上网的计算机,输入账号密码,接上那些超级计算机,可经数据中心来帮你处理数据。这样就毋须担心计算机或手机的内存容量不够,也毋须经常要替计算机升级。
例如用手机播放短片,过往大家要考虑片段如何放进手机、片段会否太大、手机是否支持片段格式,有了云端技术,就不用担心这些东西。在网上买歌,毋须下载整首歌,随时上网播放歌曲。

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New Apple patent for network booting could lead to cloud-based Mac OS X

Apple has recently been granted a patent for administering and maintaining a network-booted operating system, possibly laying further groundwork for a cloud-based version of Mac OS X.

Apple was awarded the patent, titled "Method and apparatus for administering the operating system of a net-booted environment," on Tuesday. However, Macs have been capable of booting from a network since the inclusion of the NetBoot feature in the original version of Mac OS X Server.

The patent application describes an environment where "a network computer (NC) system including an NC server and multiple NC clients is managed by an NC client causing the remainder of the NC clients that are subsequently booted to receive operating system software that is configured differently than that currently in effect by replacing one or more system volumes on the NC server containing the operating system software with one or more different system volumes."

The invention simplifies administrator management of multiple network clients by allowing the administrator to customize or update system volumes from any network computer. The software updates and customizations would then be available for any network client to boot from.

Cameron Stuart Burse and Keith Stattenfield are listed as the inventors. The patent was filed for in July 2006 and is a continuation of a patent application from October 1999.

 

Despite being over 10 years old, the patent has relevant applications today as users have come to perform more tasks over a network, namely the Internet. Apple's patents for a "net-booted environment" could lay both the technological and the legal framework for a version of Mac OS X that moves into the cloud.

Apple rival Google has been pursuing the cloud-based Chrome OS for several years, though the OS has been the subject of numerous delays. Chrome OS, which is based off of Google's Chrome browser, was originally slated to ship by the middle of 2010, but has now been delayed until the first half of 2011.

The search giant has made the Cr-48 notebook, test hardware running Chrome OS, available to some users. Critics of Chrome OS have called it "needless" and "dangerous."

Paul Buchheit, a former Google employee who created Gmail during his time there, predicted in December that "Chrome OS will be killed next year (or "merged" with Android."

Microsoft is also pursuing its own cloud-based operating system, Windows Azure, which will allow applications to run from Microsoft's datacenters.

In October, Microsoft's Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, who had led the push for cloud computing and internet services, resigned from his role. Steve Ballmer, CEO of the Redmond, Wash., software giant, stated that Ozzie would not need to be replaced.

In 2009, an embarrassing data loss on the Microsoft servers for the Sidekick raised doubts about Microsoft's reliability in cloud computing efforts.                               January 5, 2011

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