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[6]: Android
by Delgarde on Sun 15th Nov 2009 01:56 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Android"
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0% compatibility, a fresh new system built on top of linux. That is how you fix a mess.

Ok, so you're looking to build something that *nobody* will use? There are, like, a billion pet project out there from people who have tried that. Nobody uses them, barring their creators.

Why? Because if you start with nothing, with no compatibility with existing software, you don't have anything that people can use. Can't check email, until someone writes an email client. Can't browse the web, no web browser yet. Photo editing? Forget it - you don't even have the Gimp, never mind Photoshop. Watching movies? Nope. Word processing? Nope. Spreadsheet? No, don't have that either.

From what I've seen of all the past attempts to start from scratch, you'll end up with a terminal client, a clock in the corner of the screen, and a badly done version of Minesweeper. Just what you need to attract the masses to your new desktop, right?

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