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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Yes it is a Linux distro
by nt_jerkface on Sun 22nd Nov 2009 01:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Who cares about boot times"
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But it is NOT a browser only Linux distro... It is a browser that essentially runs on a firmware. Linux just happens to be the firmware for the time being. The browser IS the OS, no one is seeing the big picture because they are stuck on the whole "Linux Distro" bit - Linux is just a cog in the wheel that the user cannot interact with AT ALL. I expect Google to rapidly whittle down the kernel to only the absolutely bare minimum required to run the browser as efficiently as possible.

So if I slap a custom browser on top of X Windows and use the same libraries that exist in all the other distros I no longer have a Linux distro?

The browser is not the OS, it couldn't interact with the hardware if it didn't have the kernel and those standard distro libraries. The browser is just the only interface provided to the user.

I don't care if they lock you into a custom browser. A two-man distro could do the same thing.

Until they fork the kernel or use something other than X Windows I'm calling it a distro.

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