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What Chrome OS looks like



November 20, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: GOOGL , MSFT

'Morning all,

Lots of hubbub over the Chrome OS press event yesterday. I like what I've seen so far, but this isn't a game-changer till there's a lot more software development and a better discussion about security. (Though I appreciate Google's sandbox approach.)

Here's a demo of the new OS for your viewing pleasure. What do you think of Chrome?

Foolish best,

Tim (TMFMileHigh and @milehighfool on Twitter) 

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#1) On November 20, 2009 at 7:32 AM, TMFBent (99.54) wrote:

I think it's not even an OS. It's just another flavor of an existing OS: Linux.

If the press got that straight, instead of pretending Google is doing something revolutionary, maybe people would give this story the attention it deserves, which is about 1% of what it gets...


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#2) On November 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM, AbstractMotion (< 20) wrote:

It's a step back from linux on top of that.  You can actually run the browser right on linux right now a lot more features at your disposal.  If you want to get technical the browser is also based off of WebKit which was initially a part of the KDE project then sponsored and contributed to by Apple.  Google hasn't done much of anything revolutionary.  Personally I don't view it as very useful.  People who might just surf the net and check their email might, but if you do any real work on your computer or use it as a gaming platform then I simply see Chrome OS as being wholly unable to support those things.  Not to mention the support for applications that exists in Windows today.  Honestly it's extremely overhyped, it's basically an OS with less functionality then an iPhone, not exactly a step forward.  But that's not really the point apparently, there's a good link on Chrome as a platform here.  


On the plus side it's got potential in a few areas.  While it's open source it has a real company backing it which tends to lead with better long term compatibility, less forking and GNU style software politics.  I really have my doubts about web apps ever becoming as robust as desktop ones though.  The whole cloud computing model tends to be incredibly slow if you compare local data and machine code.  Google's OS might boot up in 7 seconds but if it takes me 2 minutes just to spool up a print job through Google Docs does it really matter anyways?


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