CorneliOS is an open source, freely distributed and platform-independent web-based virtual operating system (Web OS) running on top of a host system, such as any Linux or UNIX-like operating system.
The project offers services via HTML and/or XHTML over the web, which means that you can use it within any web browser without having to install any other software on your local computer.
The project comprises of all the basic tools that an operating system requires to be useful and can be used to design and create powerful web applications, social networks and even community platforms.
Features of the Web OS
Key features of the Web OS include a file manager, a CMS (Content Management System), a database management system, and a user manager program, allowing multiple users to use the operating system at the same from different locations.
Using the CorneliOS web-based OS, users will have their own, customized Home directory (similar to the workspace of a real computer operating system), where they will be able to save documents, such as office docs edited in a web-based document editor like Google Docs.
Another interesting feature is the built-in virtual file system (VFS) that makes sure all of your files and folders are protected from possible intruders. In addition, it allows for easy sharing, as well as automated backup and access control mechanisms.
The Web application framework
In addition to the Web OS, the project features a Web application framework called CIOS, which allows web developers to easily build their own packages for the CorneliOS web-based operating system.
The CIOS web framework can also be used to build standalone web apps, social networks and community platforms. If you’re a developer interested in CorneliOS’ web framework, please take a look at the http://www.morzino.com and http://www.galaxiki.org websites for examples.