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Take your desktop to the cloud with eyeOS

Why settle for different web-based applications when you can have a full-blown cloud-based desktop, offering a complete solution for daily computing? If a personal cloud desktop appeals to you, then eyeOS is exactly what you need…

This article originally appeared in issue 91 of Linux User & Developer magazine.

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eyeOS is a slick and fast cloud-based desktop environment that can help you stay productive wherever you are, as long as you have access to a machine with an internet connection and a browser. eyeOS is not the first and not the only cloud-based desktop out there, but it’s by far the most interesting and feature-rich solution on the market. It’s also extremely easy to deploy as a self-hosted solution, so you can maintain an eyeOS instance on your own server.

eyeOS comes with key productivity applications, including a word processor, a calendar, an RSS reader and an email client. Basically, you have all the tools you need to put eyeOS to productive use right from the word go.

The eyeOS project currently maintains the 1.x and 2.x series of the eyeOS software. The former is considered a stable release ready for production use, while the latter is still in a beta stage of development. This tutorial covers the latest 1.x series release and provides a brief overview of the 2.x version. The project’s website offers both a hosted and a downloadable version of eyeOS.

Going the hosted route has a few obvious advantages: you don’t have to install anything, your system is automatically upgraded to the latest version, and you don’t have to worry about maintenance. But using the hosted version of eyeOS means that you rely on a third party to keep your data safe.

Moreover, you don’t have administrative access to the hosted instance of eyeOS, which means that you only have limited control of the system. So if you prefer to have complete control of your data and system, and you feel comfortable maintaining your own instance of eyeOS, you can deploy the solution on your own server.

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