Web based apps are really useful because of the fact that they can be used from any computer without having to download or install anything. Since the launch of Google Chrome OS, we have seen a lot of cloud computing solutions come and go.
But in reality, it’s more than the storage which you need for everyday computing jobs. If you are a heavyweight web worker, you need the following applications at your disposal:
- A Word processor – Google Docs, Docs.com and good alternatives.
- Image editor – Picnick, Aviary Image editor.
- Blogging client.
- FTP access.
- Spreadsheet and presentations.
- File sync
- Social networking – Yoono, Tweetdeck etc.
- Email, Meetings or Project management.
The list depends from one user to another. Hence, getting all of these applications under one hood is really a challenge and Glide OS is one of the comprehensive solutions to a web based Operating system
About Glide OS
Glide OS 4.0 is a free cloud computing solution, which offers a wide range of web based applications under one umbrella. Glide provides cross platform compatibility for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Palm Pre, Symbian and Windows Mobile Users based on Automated Device Identification and file transcoding.
The best part about Glide is that it is completely Ad free, hence you don’t have to see a lot of banner advertisements floating in the sidebars in order to use a free online operating system. You can set up multiple user accounts (maximum 6) and associate them with your GLIDE OS account, much the same way you create user accounts in windows.
The free plan of Glide OS lets you use 30 GB of online storage while the premium plans offers a hefty 250 GB of online storage for $50 a year.
Setting Up Glide OS
1. Getting a free Glide OS account is fairly easy, just go to the sign up page and enter your email address which you want to associate with your Glide OS account. While signing up, you can choose or ignore the option of getting a free email account at firstname.lastname@example.org, as shown below:
Once you have successfully entered all the details, you will receive an email from the Glide team with a user name and password.
2. Go to the GLIDE OS login page and login to your Glide OS account with the username and password received in your email account.
3. After signing in, you will see an online desktop with a lot of applications and settings that needs to be configured. We will discuss the most important ones, step by step.
Configuring the Settings of Glide OS and Setting up User accounts
Click the Settings link in your Glide OS taskbar to open the preferences panel, where you can set up different user accounts for your friends or family members, create profiles or make your Glide OS profile public.
From the storage tab under “Settings -> General“, you will be able to see the amount of online space available in your Glide OS account. The user information tab allows you to enter your basic identification details such as Name, address, country and the email address associated with your Glide account. The “Change Password” panel allows you to change the password of your Glide account – all very basic stuff.
Next go to the “Profile settings” panel and here you can upload an image to associate with your profile and choose to make your Glide OS profile “public” or “private”
Changing your profile to “Public” does not mean that your operating system is open to be used by everyone. What this means is that other Glide users would be able to find you by searching for your username. If you want to keep everything private, ignore this step.
Adding More User Accounts
To associate more users in your Glide OS account, go to “Settings -> Users” and enter the credentials in the sign up form, as shown below:
The users will get an email invitation to join glide, after which they can login to the same GLIDE OS account using their own username and password.
You can choose different access rights for different user accounts e.g grant permission to log in or manage other users of the OS. A user account can also be chosen as a “Child” account with limited access.
Why Not Setup a New Glide Account for Other Users ?
True, you can set up a new Glide OS account for each of your family members instead of creating user accounts in the same Glide OS account. But think from the operating system perspective – do you install multiple versions of OS in the same computer for different users ?
Using a single Glide OS account will ensure that all users can access the files, folders or applications in the same Glide OS, while different Glide accounts will create a different Operating system which will be unmanageable at a later point of time. Your users won’t be able to access files, movies, photos stored in your Glide OS account, which defeats the entire purpose of using an online operating system.
This is the first part of using Glide OS – an online operating system. The next part includes a lot more functions e.g
- Syncing files from your desktop to Glide OS
- Managing files and folders
- Using Glide Applications – photo editing, word processing, email, meetings and more
- Customizing your Glide desktop
Stay tuned for the next part of using Glide OS and let us know your thoughts in the comments.