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Google From NYTimes: "In a post on its company blog, Google said the operating system would initially be aimed at netbooks, the compact, low-cost computers that have turned the PC world on its head. It said the open-source software, called Chrome OS, would be available in the second half of next year. Read more for a quick observation on the announcement.
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What's the appeal?
by Drumhellar on Wed 8th Jul 2009 06:48 UTC
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

What's the appeal of a cloud-based OS for a consumer?

Web-based apps don't perform as well or have as many features.
Your data is stored someplace else, which means other people control it and only choose to allow you to access your own data.
If you don't have an internet connection, you're apps don't work.
Everybody's data is stored in one spot, so one successful hack (or disgruntled employee) can take TBs from thousands of people swiftly and easily.
Limited app choice, since all the apps will (presumably) come from Google.

Meanwhile, I see some huge benefits for Google:
You have to look at constant advertising just to use your own computer.
Google has all your data, so they can analyze it all they want and sell the (probably non-identifiable) information to others.


Am I missing something?

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RE: What's the appeal?
by kragil on Wed 8th Jul 2009 07:13 in reply to "What's the appeal?"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Well, I don't really think it is a good idea.

BUT

Google is working on a secure native code plugin. That might give you speed and features.

And with something like gears/html5 web apps can work offline.

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RE[2]: What's the appeal?
by Kroc on Wed 8th Jul 2009 07:20 in reply to "RE: What's the appeal?"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

You have to load the web app to begin with before it can go offline, and there’s only so much it can do offline before it needs an online resource.

How are they going to deal with ISPs in the UK, some of which don’t even support Linux to install the broadband hardware.

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