From Google: Introducing the Google Chrome OS

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...we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.

Google. It's not just for the net anymore


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That's very interesting, it sounds like what gOS tried to accomplish.

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Thanks for posting this Greg.

Google. It's not just for the net anymore

Oh, I don't know. It looks like the only client software this will run is Google Chrome. It's a bit like Amazon Kindle, but for Web applications instead of books. Smiling

Personally, I can't see myself giving up on my Ubuntu installation for this. Hopefully it won't mean Linux vendors like Dell will give up selling Ubuntu either.

My other gripe is Chrome OS won't have the massive community and sense of inclusion that Ubuntu has garnered. Like Chrome the browser this has an autocratic feel to it, the OS is a strategic vehicle for Google's corporate goals, unlike Ubuntu it will not move in the direction the users want.

In short: Ubuntu is 'Let's make a really great OS, people enjoy using, then try to make some cash out of services based on that OS.' Whereas Google is, 'Let's push our advertising and screw Microsoft by creating an OS that only works with Web applications.' That's how it looks to me anyway, other opinions may vary. Wink

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JeevesBond wrote:
Personally, I can't see myself giving up on my Ubuntu installation for this. Hopefully it won't mean Linux vendors like Dell will give up selling Ubuntu either.

On the upside, vendors like Dell (as well as most of their customers) could become more open to offering/using an OS other than Windows. Which opens the door for Linux.

Sounds like this isn't really an OS, just something that can run a browser. Sort of like what Opera does with devices, or the OLPC.

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Megan has a point.

Currently there is a polarisation between MS on the one hand and the *nix freetards on the other.

Each group views the other with a certain amount of disdain (well, they do in my part of the world), with the MS fans turning their noses up and saying things like "you get what you pay for" and "MS is for professionals, Linux is for amateurs" and the *nix-heads making similarly disparaging remarks.

Google's offering might, as a compromise between these two stances, go someway to reconciling these viewpoints for the vendors like Dell and others.

OTOH, any operating system is only as good as the applications that can run on it, so if it can't run what the user wants it to run (and I'm thinking games here Wink) then it'll probably fail.

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The promise of broadband everywhere is changing the way we can communicate online. Google’s Chrome OS may or may not make it, but the attempt shows how far the industry has come from a bulky PC chained to a desk by its power cord and Ethernet cable. The computer is evolving from those dinosaurs to a smaller, mobile model that is always connected to the web. The iPhone brought us apps that are lightweight so users don’t get bogged down by smaller processors and slower wireless web connections on mobile devices. Google’s Chrome OS attempts to keep that speed, while preserving a platform for Google to make money through advertising. But it’s far from a done deal.

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