Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 02:34 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Good OS, a company well-known for it gOS linux distribution and their $199 Walmart computers has announced a new OS called "Cloud". Good OS described their new Operating System in a press release "Cloud uniquely integrates a web browser with a compressed Linux operating system kernel for immediate access to Internet, integration of browser and rich client applications, and full control of the computer from inside the browser."
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Chrome?
by OddFox on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 03:49 UTC
OddFox
Member since:
2005-10-05

Is it just me or is Google Chrome shown running on that thing? I mean, no doubt it's a mockup but did they manage to get it running and are waiting to let people know? Last I heard Chrome didn't run on Linux yet.

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RE: Chrome?
by sultanqasim on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 04:04 in reply to "Chrome?"
sultanqasim Member since:
2006-10-28

After thoroughly reading that article, I realized that "Cloud OS" is just a web browser running on top of Microsoft Windows (NOT LINUX!). Even worse, it appears to be Google Chrome with a dock a the bottom of the screen! WTF?! You call this a new OS?

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RE[2]: Chrome?
by OddFox on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 04:43 in reply to "RE: Chrome?"
OddFox Member since:
2005-10-05

Yeah taking another glance it seems like this comes with both Linux and Windows pre-installed, defaulting to a quick-loading Linux system for general web and internet usage and a switch to boot into Windows for Windows apps. Hmmm...

It's important to note however that it's talking about Cloud having a "beautifully designed browser", not Windows, so I dunno what they could be doing other than slapping a pretty skin on Firefox. It was mentioned elsewhere that there is an unofficial Chrome port but I wouldn't think it worth including since you lose the speed with Javascript that is Chromes strength. I must say this product seems rather disappointing, as it posits Cloud OS (Being the Linux-based portion) as a quick solution to getting online and doing simple things, offering Windows XP for "more powerful desktop applications". Somehow I doubt the hardware specs will allow for much more than what a Linux-based system can do just fine, I don't think people are going to be gaming or doing anything like audio/video editing.

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RE: Chrome?
by Hussein on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 04:25 in reply to "Chrome?"
Hussein Member since:
2008-11-22

Chrome does run on GNU/Linux using Wine. Plus there is a unofficial port by Codeweavers.

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RE[2]: Chrome?
by OddFox on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 04:35 in reply to "RE: Chrome?"
OddFox Member since:
2005-10-05

Yeah but the unofficial port from Codeweavers incurs a significant performance penalty, making it less than ideal for its killer feature: V8.

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