Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 21:38 UTC
Google In the announcement of the new Chromebook and Chromebox, I found this interesting tidbit: "And support for hardware-accelerated graphics, a built-from-scratch multi-touch trackpad and an open-source firmware stack provide a much faster and more responsive computing experience." It's the open source firmware stack that interests me. Does anybody know how extensive this is?
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Netflix in Chrome browser?!
by DavidStone on Tue 29th May 2012 22:16 UTC
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Maybe I missed it before, but this blog posting has a link to install Netflix in the Chrome browser.

Been waiting for Netflix on Linux for a long time!

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RE: Netflix in Chrome browser?!
by DavidStone on Tue 29th May 2012 22:20 UTC in reply to "Netflix in Chrome browser?!"
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2011-08-26

Never mind, it's just the classic browser front-end, but it does of course list Chrome OS as a supported platform.

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Coreboot?
by gan17 on Tue 29th May 2012 23:01 UTC
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2008-06-03

Curious about this "open source firmware stack" as well.
I'm guessing Coreboot, but is that really a "stack"?

Edited 2012-05-29 23:01 UTC

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RE: Coreboot?
by pgeorgi on Wed 30th May 2012 06:48 UTC in reply to "Coreboot?"
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2010-02-18

Curious about this "open source firmware stack" as well.
I'm guessing Coreboot, but is that really a "stack"?

coreboot + u-boot

coreboot only provides hardware init, so it requires something else (u-boot in this case; seabios, grub2, FILO, ... in others) to proceed.

It's not many layers, but I guess it could be called a stack.

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I know who will be happy...
by zima on Tue 29th May 2012 23:02 UTC
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2005-07-06

Open^H^H^H^HFree BIOS = more choices for Richard Stallman, if/when his Lemote ( http://richard.stallman.usesthis.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemote ) netbook dies.

Of course, I fully expect him to wipe out Chrome OS (however "nice" it seems to be becoming) in disgust ;)

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RE: I know who will be happy...
by pgeorgi on Wed 30th May 2012 07:24 UTC in reply to "I know who will be happy..."
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2010-02-18

Open^H^H^H^HFree BIOS = more choices for Richard Stallman, if/when his Lemote ( http://richard.stallman.usesthis.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemote ) netbook dies.

Sandybridge (which the new systems are based on) doesn't execute even a single x86 instruction without an intel-signed binary only component in flash.

As I understand the FSF's definition, that would be a "blob". RMS will have to stick to Lemotes for a while longer.

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RE[2]: I know who will be happy...
by zima on Tue 5th Jun 2012 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE: I know who will be happy..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh well. At least further developments ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemote#Loongson_3A_laptop ) start to look quite interesting - and they should continue, considering China's efforts to achieve technology independence.
I don't think RMS cares much about lack of x86 compatibility ;) (though, from the Wiki article about Loongson, it seems like the architecture has some provisions for speedy x86 emulation)

I guess it only fits that People's Republic of China might be the place that will bring Stallman 's dreams to reality... ;) (with the inevitable "spilling over" of their domestic technologies - first to Asia, then at least Africa and Latin America; most of the world, really)

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The next step for Chrome OS...
by tomcat on Tue 29th May 2012 23:41 UTC
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2006-01-06

... is the dustbin of computing history. It's a solution looking for a problem. Here's a suggestion, Google: Focus on user scenarios. Don't try to get people to make your search engine the center of their computing activities.

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RE: The next step for Chrome OS...
by moondevil on Wed 30th May 2012 05:09 UTC in reply to "The next step for Chrome OS..."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Agreed.

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fatjoe Member since:
2010-01-12

really??

If I was to give an old family member a computer to use for email and facebook, this would probably be the safest bet.

of course, the pricing is ridicules at the moment

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Comment by robojerk
by robojerk on Wed 30th May 2012 00:34 UTC
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2006-01-10

I think ChromeOS is a product before it's time.

WebApps are becoming more and more powerful and feature rich. However there are still many things developers are missing to target consumers.

With that said I think the whole concept still could potentially flop.

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RE: Comment by robojerk
by jbianchine on Wed 30th May 2012 15:56 UTC in reply to "Comment by robojerk"
jbianchine Member since:
2005-10-31

But with so much cash in the bank do you really think Google is too far ahead of the curve to eventually realize success in this venue?

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