A look into the comming future of online-Operating-Systems, and it's going to be free and open-source. So here is something for you, Hugh!
Make sure to check it out and smell the implications!!!
(click "Try a demo" - firefox or IE)
From the FAQ:
We set out to answer the following questions:
Wouldn't it be sweet if open source development was more like a multiplayer game, complete with rankings and all?
What are the implications of being able to share windows through a buddy list when we're working?
Is it even possible to build an OS that is built on sharing from the ground up? Like Kindergarten?
What if the OS itself was the community? Discuss.
We're still searching, and YouOS is the search engine. Well, it's not a search engine, but you get the analogy, right?