It makes no difference if you use a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, an X Box, a smart TV or any other web-enabled device, Shells.com (Shells) offers multiple Linux distributions and Windows preloaded on a virtual desktop giving users the opportunity to use whatever operating system they want.
Is this kind of simplicity even possible in a high-tech, remote work era? With Shells, the answer is yes.
Shells is a desktop as a service (DaaS), enabling entry to cloud-generated desktop environments. It provides the opportunity to rework a range of outdated and low-spec gadgets into totally functioning desktop computer systems, and those cloud-generated desktops are built-in with a range of purposes.
A newer entrant in the virtual machine and cloud computing space, Shells.com gives users the freedom to code and create on nearly any device with an internet connection. The company was founded during the mid-2020s. “It’s been an incredible experience to date. Since Shells was founded — our team, led by Alex Lee (CEO), has been collaborating with the open-source communities in our effort to achieve our mission to level the playing field for all (developers, students, workers, everybody): providing access to a high-powered computer at a fraction of the cost of hardware,” said Daniel Antle, Chief Marketing Officer, Shells.com.
During an interview with LinuxInsider earlier in 2021, Lee said, “What Dropbox did for cloud storage, Shells endeavors to accomplish for cloud computing at large.”
He explained Shells offers developers a one-stop shop for testing and deployment, on any device that can connect to the web.
“Shells is hyper focused on closing the digital divide as it relates to fair and equal access to computers – an issue that has been unfortunately exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic,” Lee was quoted. “We see Shells as more than just a cloud computing solution – it’s leveling the playing field for anyone interested in coding, regardless of whether they have a high-end computer at home or not.”
Once the pandemic forced remote work, the Shells’ offering became more attractive. As Lee noted, the pandemic created an increased need for remote learning, and the demand for computers led to a shortage for students. Shells gives students an opportunity to use their tablets or smart TVs as a computer. Old laptops and Chromebooks also can be enhanced and used as computers.
In addition to being pre-loaded with Linux operating system offerings –Ubuntu, Debian, KDE, and Manjaro – the company is adding Linux Mint, Kubuntu, and is in discussions with other distributions. A licensed Windows 10 desktop option will be available in early May.
Shells is always on and always up to date, ensuring speed and security while avoiding the need to upgrade or buy new hardware. One doesn’t need to be IT literate to migrate computing needs to the cloud. Shells does it for you through one of its four pricing tiers:
- Shells’ Lite plan is priced at $4.95/month and affords entry to an alternative of desktop environments powered by a single processor, with 40GB of storage and 2GB of reminiscence. Entry is restricted to fewer than 10 hours monthly.
- Shells’ Basic plan is $9.95 per month for an annual subscription and permits permits limitless use of a cloud-based setting powered by a single processor, with 40GB of storage and 2GB of reminiscence. Alternatively, can pay the stand-alone month-to-month payment of $11.95.
- Shells Plus is a more powerful personal cloud computer for development and content editing for as low as $19.95 per month. It is powered by two processors, 80GB of storage and 4GB of memory.
- Shells’ Pro Plan does it all for an annual subscription of $36.95. This permits for the distant entry of a system powered by four processors, with 160GB of storage and 8GB of reminiscence. The alternative of month-by-month fee, is $39.95.