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So when does SRWare release Iron OS? Okay I am kidding about that...
Personally I would rather see Google contribute out in the open,with paid developers/engineers not just GSoC, to an already established OS for instance by improving haiku with security and better hardware acceleration support via gallium3d. As far as that goes Google could maintain a fork of Haiku similar to how Apple does with webkit for safari.
I'm willing to be that chances are pretty good that google's hardware partners may "Tivo" the heck out of the hardware devices that run it. Especially, if its subsidized by 3G internet providers that are getting a share of the ad revenue. So it may be open source, but it might be non changeable on your hardware. Jail breaking (if it proves to be necessary) is going to be a bitch, with all of the security set up
Although I have doubts about what Google will do with all the data trusted to its cloud, I welcome Google's efforts to create a more secure computing environment. The weakest point of Chrome OS in my opinion is the Google account authentication. It's unfortunate that Google has not yet made two-factor authentication available. That would improve the security of Google accounts significantly.
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So they sit down and make an OS that does nothing but show you a full screen browser, and stores absolutely no user data locally, and then brag about how secure the OS is. There's nothing to crack or hack on the damned PC, so who cares how secure it is.
What matters is how secure the web services you are using are.
All somebody has to do to hack into your google account and compromise all your data is throw up a web page that looks like the Chrome OS login and hope you aren't all that savvy, or aren't paying attention. And guess what - it will work, no matter how damned secure the OS that launched the browser is.
This said Microsoft about Windows 98.
We really care, just for sake of how will be oriented the attacks. Moving the attacks from OS to a higher level like a web-page which supposedly will be easier to be tested. Also Google have the knowhow to use a blacklist-whitelist just to block most of those attempts. Or at least I just hope they will!
Sure, they can use a blacklist, but that is an inherantly reactionary approach. They can't blacklist what they don't know, and the odds are they won't know until a user has been tricked.
Google Caja : http://code.google.com/p/google-caja/
On the other hand, as someone who opens Synaptic and other privileged GUI apps in a dedicated X session for the sake of security, I like the fact they took this possiblility into account: "Full-screen mode in some plugins could allow an attacker to mock out the entire user experience of a Chromium OS device. We are investigating a variety of mitigation strategies in this space."
Edit: link Edited 2009-11-24 21:58 UTC
By C. Scott Ananian, who was a developer at OLPC for the XO-1, and now similarly for the Littl Webbook (a device for which Google Chrome OS is a competitor, already on the market).
I like what Google is offering here. We all know that eventually Google is going to target the desktop market as well. Google has maybe the best browser and they are going to take advantage of it. Plain and simple.