I just read an interesting article on some design thoughts on why getting rid of the tabs in Firefox 3.2. You can read it here but the most interesting part of the article that triggered me to write this post is: “A full screen modus, where the useless top menu disappears and the browser becomes what it is: A new OS layer.”
So let’s hold on to that thought, add this one: “some laptops can boot directly in multi media center mode without the need of an actual OS like Windows” and this one: “more and more people use netbooks to use web-based applications”. To make it a bit more explicit (just for the sake of writing, not because I might doubt that some didn’t get it): wouldn’t it be cool to have an ultra light netbook that boots directly in Firefox? No hard drive but flash storage, built-in 3G chip, super long lasting battery and charging through standard mini-usb connector.
Who could offer this? Google maybe? To run their Google Apps and the rest of the internet, teaming together with a telco for the 3G connectivity. I would buy one.

Lee Provoost is a Cloud Computing Strategist and ERP+ lead at Capgemini. You can follow his ongoing stream of thoughts on Twitter http://twitter.com/leeprovoost.