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 darknexus on Fri 20th Nov 2009 01:22 UTC
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Wow, an os that just runs a browser. How very exciting. You know, we had a name for this and still do: "thin client." It's not quite a traditional thin client, as it's not simply a bridge to native apps running on a server, but the overall concept of having essentially a diskless local system that does nothing but interface to remote services is the same. Boring. Oh, but this one has Google behind it so they can constantly serve you ads and push their services. The funny thing is, though, that an iPod Touch has more capabilities than one of these ChromeOS-based machines. Sad, Google. Very sad, indeed.
And for those claiming this is a revolution... Well, let's think. How many areas in the world have constant internet access versus those that don't? This revolution will never happen until the infrastructure is there to support it, if it ever is, and further this revolution will be the death of your personal freedom regarding your data. Before we jump head first into this cloud computing buzz (hint, thin client again), perhaps we should stop and think just a bit about what will happen when someone else holds control over your data. I'm not just talking about privacy either, I'm talking about screw-ups (see Sidekick) and what happens if your important data is lost because of a mishap on Google's part? That'd be a class action waiting to happen. At least on my own computers, if I lose data it's my own damn fault for not keeping a backup. The thought of having no control over our own information, of what we want to keep and what we want to delete or what is lost because of a mishap, scares me a great deal (Amazon Kindle, anyone?).

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