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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RE[2]: Android
by Praxis on Sat 14th Nov 2009 01:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Android"
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Android is also based on Linux, it uses the linux kernal with a custom userspace so you can't just load normal linux apps on it.

Android is really pretty limited when you compare it to a desktop Os, this goes for pretty much every other smartphone os as well, except for maemo which is linux based and uses a much more conventional userspace so you can install most normal linux apps on it with minimal effort, though it might not always be wise to do so.

If Chrome OS goes the Android route, then pretty much nothing would run on it as is and you'd need to port everything. While Chrome OS will no doubt make heavy use of web apps that would need no porting, not being able to use any native linux apps would be a bold move by google, and I'm not sure it would pay off.

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