Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Oct 2010 20:51 UTC
Google Interesting little digging from TechCrunch's MG Siegler: as it turns out, Google's Chrome OS is nearing completion. The company is currently testing a release candidate build, and has reiterated that devices running Chrome OS will arrive later this year.
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RE[6]: "use cases" for Chrome OS
by ricegf on Thu 14th Oct 2010 09:39 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: "use cases" for Chrome OS"
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In fairness, modern boot sequences are doing a lot of useful work that DOS never did. For example, DOS just pulled the Centronics RESET pin low across all 3 printer ports (whether they existed or not ;-) for a few seconds and called the peripherals good, then stuck up a default mode 0 text screen with a prompt. Not that challenging, but then, with only 160k and a 4.77 MHz processor...

A modern OS walks the entire USB tree, validating and loading drivers dynamically as it goes, brings up one or more networks, dynamically configures video for the current set of monitors, loads a boatload of desktop extensions and configuration settings... It's not just "bloat", it's very useful work given a billion users with very different preferences, hardware and peripheral sets.

Of course, focusing effort on boot time (by moving some configuration into the background, for example) can result in much faster boot times. For example, the last two Ubuntu releases together cut my desktop boot times by a factor of three.

That said, I reboot my devices (phone to server) so rarely I don't particularly care. It's more of a first impression consideration - "wow, Ubuntu boots fast!" - than a real productivity boost.

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