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: Yeah!
by r_a_trip on Fri 20th Nov 2009 11:29 UTC in reply to "Yeah!"
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To all the critics of TBPrince, I think you are too quick to declare Google clean.
TBPrince has a point, it is just looked at from the wrong angle.

This is not about a General Purpose OS provider, trying to pull in all web traffic through their dominant OS by bundling a browser (inferior or not), in a bid to keep their OS relevant. (Although I can appreciate the astuteness of TBPrince's line of thought that it is very ironic that people are cheering for a browser with integrated OS, while they vilified an OS with an integrated browser).

This is about a GIANT search and web applications provider, whose stated goal is to be the central hub in the organization of the worlds information, trying to push out new devices according to their own specifications which conveniently precludes doing any significant offline and local computing.

While right now Google's Chrome OS is merely a whiff of smoke trying to materialize, I can see problems down the road. The worlds computing now is not done through Chrome OS, but what if we just keep on cheering uncritically and someday 80% of computing is done through Google's devices? Let's see, Google Chrome OS, Google search, Google Scholar, Google Mail, Google Docs, Google Blogger, Google YouTube / Video, Google Picasaweb, Google Maps, Google News, Google Groups, Google Books, Google Calender, Google Reader, Google Translate, Google Sites, Google Talk.

See anything disturbing? Google spans the pallette of what could be needed for computing. Right now Google has to go through other platforms like Windows + IE, Mac OS X + Safari, Linux/BSD + smorgasbord of browsers, to deliver their Cloud Applications. If Chrome OS devices become dominant, they don't have to. They can even start augmenting the web in Google specific ways and not make the stuff open like SPDY. Although they could open it up anyways with impunity if they store all you digital life on their servers anyways.

I'm not saying "Google is Evil", I'm just saying that concentrating too much power in one place is inevitably going to have negative consequences somewhere.

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