Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Mar 2013 17:58 UTC
Google Andy Rubin, who created Android and has led its development both at Android Inc. and later at Google, has decided to step down as the big Android boss at Google. Having created the world's "most-used mobile operating system", as Google CEO Larry Page refers to it, I'd say his stint has been successful. Interestingly enough, he will be succeeded by Sundar Pichai - Chrome OS boss. Yes.
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Chome OS needs to do something
by FunkyELF on Wed 13th Mar 2013 18:53 UTC
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My wife got 5 ChromeBooks (Samsung Series 5) for her classroom through the Donors Choose program. They were only $99 through there.

Anyway, she got them last week and we were using them trying to figure out what all they can do. They can basically do anything that Chrome can do, which isn't much.

The Chrome Web store is rife with "applications" that are essentially bookmarks to urls of Flash web pages covered with Flash advertisements.

I was extremely disappointed with them.
For her classroom it will be fine, but if it were my money, (they're $250 retail), I'd spend a hundred more dollars and get something with a real operating system.

As far as their applications go... I'm not sure NaCl, or even PNaCl is the way to go. Web applications involve too much. CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Server-side code in yet another language.

Ultimately I know that web applications are the most portable across systems since every system has a web browser... I just wish JS wasn't the standard. I wish LLVM bitcode was the standard and you could code in JS, Python, C, or whatever else your heard desired. PNaCl will be a step towards this but it is still too restrictive and not a standard used by anybody but Chrome.

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