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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RE: speed
by galvanash on Fri 20th Nov 2009 02:58 UTC in reply to "speed "
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They mention the 5s start as something exceptional, but really the OS is not usable after 5s you still need to connect to the network, on my home network that's often >3s and this is not even taking into account loading the webapp you want to use and suddenly the start-up time is really not that much better than a normal OS. Also Karmic brought a 5s boot time when using a SSD and that's a full OS, so the Chrome OS time is not impressive.

There is no reason at all to think that the 5 seconds doesn't include network connection setup. Kinda the whole point of putting the browser on top of a custom kernel is to make it possible to do this kind of stuff earlier in the boot process - you can eliminate the 100s of dependencies Windows for example has to manage before it can initialize the network stack. Chrome OS won't have most of these dependencies because, well..., the only thing it runs is a browser. Thats it.

Second, the 5 seconds will probably be on hardware that is 1/10th the speed of your home computer... Probably an ARM or Atom core with maybe 128-256MB of ram. In that light I think it is pretty good.

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