Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Nov 2009 20:01 UTC
Google Google has just unveiled its Chrome OS operating system during a press event at the company's headquarters, and it's pretty much exactly what we expected it to be: a streamlined Linux kernel booting straight into the Chrome web browser. The code is available starting today.
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by TBPrince on Thu 19th Nov 2009 20:25 UTC
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Everyone of us will give it a try but let me say a few things based on what I saw in those presentations:

1) stating that a computer is mostly an interface to the Internet is VERY reductive. Stating that most of us will only use their computers to access the Internet is reductive as well. Those concepts already failed in the past.

2) it's amazing how we fought for YEARS IE and the way it was so tightly integrated with underline OS. We complained it was insecure, prone to errors, causing instability AND a problem under anti-trust point of view? No-one noticed that Chrome Browser is doing what IE 5.5/6 was able to do (directly or via ActiveX plugins) more than 10 years ago? The concept that EVERYTHING could live inside a browser and people could use that framework to develop extensions to their desktop (besides regular full-fledged applications) was part of the... Windows98 development process! Then we spent 11 years trying to remove IE from Windows and now... we build another browser-centric OS?? Life is irony for sure ...

3) According to what I read, Google has made lots of compromises in hardware, just the way Apple did. Basically, they will only support new systems and, probably, specifically crafted PCs. This inherently means they don't think they could aim to a large user base as they are kicking existing systems out as a start. Unfortunately, a PC is not a phone. And while a phone could be small PC, there's a lot of assumptions to do when you behave like this. If any of those is wrong, you could fail. After all, Google is no Apple and hasn't a loyal (yet small) user base.

Beside those considerations, I welcome this new system and I'm happy Google finally release its OS. Now they can prove what they can actually do ;-)

Welcome guys !

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