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[2]: Who cares about boot times
by phoenix on Fri 20th Nov 2009 16:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Who cares about boot times"
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"when everyone uses sleep/resume.

You do realize sleep/resume could just as easily be implemented on Chrome OS as anything else... And it could be implemented so that if you switched computers you could resume your last session on a different machine. Try that with a conventional OS. People's inability to fathom how far this paradigm can actually go amazes me...

Yes, there are definite benefits to thin-client computing or remote desktop connections like RDP/VNC/NX.

We implemented NX on all of our school servers. This allows staff and students to access the same desktop and applications from home, from a laptop, from a hotel room, from Beijing, etc as they access when sitting in front of a computer at school (we use a diskless setup for the computers in the schools, though, not thin-client).

It's actually starting to give us a bad name, though, as staff and students move to other districts and realise just how limiting "local apps" can be. No longer can they access their school account from home. No longer can they login to any computer in the school to access their account. No longer can they use a laptop to access their account. Everything is tied into the one computer (unless their new school is fortunate enough to have a network share for files).

That's one of the nice things about web apps: ubiquitous access. You can access your webmail account from any computer, anywhere in the world, so long as it has an Internet connection. You can access your web photo album from anywhere. You can access your web documents from anywhere. You can access your music from anywhere. And so on.

As long as the web servers support standard protocols for accessing your data (and this is why FirstClass is doomed to failure in the web world), does it really matter where it is located? If you are paranoid, then just encrypt everything you store on remote servers.

Do web apps appeal to geeks? To some, they do. To others they don't. Do they appeal to non-geeks? To some, they do, to others they don't. Just like everything in life, to each their own.

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