Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Nov 2009 17:01 UTC
Google TechCrunch's Michael Arrington is claiming Google's Chrome OS will debut next week - but his story does have an odd ring to it. He goes on and on about how driver support will be shoddy, but that makes no sense - isn't Chome OS supposed to be built on Linux? The only way I can see initial driver support to be shoddy is when Chrome OS has its own, custom graphical layer, instead of using X. However, were that to be the case, I'm sure Google would at least support some NVIDIA, ATI, and Intel chipsets. In any case, it's a rumour - do with it as you please.
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Drivers
by bralkein on Fri 13th Nov 2009 17:18 UTC
bralkein
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I'm not entirely sure how closely the graphics drivers tie in to X on Linux, but even if Chrome's display system can use the existing drivers, there could still be problems. When KDE 4 first came out, there were a lot of problems caused by the fact that KDE was doing things (graphics-wise) that weren't commonly done on the Linux desktop at the time. This caused a lot of weak points in the drivers to be exposed, where functionality which was previously rarely-touched was being more thoroughly exercised.

I believe this was particularly the case with the nVidia binary drivers (which I use and recommend), but the drivers were actually fixed fairly quickly. I remember Aaron Seigo saying at the time that it was necessary for KDE to push the limits of what the drivers were capable of in order to exert pressure to get the drivers improved. It seemed to work from the nvidia end of things, anyway.

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