Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2018 00:03 UTC

A coming revision to Chrome OS will enable Windows-compatible network browsing by default. This means that Chromebooks will be able to connect with Windows PCs just as easily as other Windows PCs do today.

A very welcome change, especially among corporate users.

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RE: I disagree
by Alfman on Wed 12th Sep 2018 18:36 UTC in reply to "I disagree"
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The whole point of chromebooks and cloud services was the idea that we could have device and network independent secure and simple endpoints, and we could pick and choose cloud-based services to consume through the very open interface known as the web.

This simplicity had huge benefits.

Really simple devices, almost state-less. Easy to manage and own. Easier to secure. Easier to discard or lose.

I don't understand your opposition at all, all of the reasons that you give are actually one of the motivations to support network file sharing! Self-managed alternatives should be available too for those of us who prefer it!

Among my computers, android is the odd ball since it's the only OS that cannot access or save my files directly. On linux and windows, it doesn't matter if a PC breaks because all my files are on the LAN backed up and ready to access from another machine. The methodology is fast, safe, reliable, and convenient except for android where I have to resort to manually copying files to and fro.

Supporting 3rd party data providers is fine as a choice, but we should not be dependent on them to unlock basic file sharing functionality that has been around for decades. Let's not forget why vendor locking is bad: being locked into a solution where a 3rd party is the gatekeeper to our own files is bad, being coerced to trust 3rd parties with our private data is bad, being limited to accessing files over a relatively slow metered data connection is bad. And to make matters worse...
Linux: Backup and Sync isn't currently available using the Linux operating system. You can use Google Drive on the web at
So, the question is firstly, have Microsoft released an official OneDrive client for Linux? Put simply. No.

The Microsoft SMB protocol isn't clean and open enough - which makes it both a technical and a security risk. Think about it - if it was so simple and open why do we keep having to play catch up with open source implementations?

I'm not particular to the SMB protocol, I'd happily use any protocol at all that allows me to access my shared files. The great thing about linux is that you've got choices. I regularly use SSHFS to connect to my files from a remote location. I don't even have to open up additional ports since it goes over the standard port 22 for SSH. It's got the latest crypto, shared keys, public keys, you name it, it's simple and works!

They should, and have the resources, to stick to their no-network strategy.

I won't deny that 3rd party data services may be "good enough" for many people who don't have a computer network, but for those of us who have a working PC network with shared files, the inability to access it from android doesn't simplify anything. It only makes file access extremely frustrating and complex. I often find myself resorting to USB, which is a pathetic substitute for native network file sharing.

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