Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 8th Jul 2009 05:23 UTC
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 a prediction
by mrAmiga500 on Wed 8th Jul 2009 09:08 UTC
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This is eerie. Look what I said in April:

"I'd like to see a company like Google attempt an OS. They actually have the resources to get something going (although their only reason to make an OS would be to kill Microsoft). If they made a snappy responsive lightweight OS, we'd see something interesting."

...and look what I see today on BBC news:

"We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds."[...] "One of Google's major goals is to take Microsoft out, to systematically destroy their hold on the market,"

Well, now we're seeing something interesting. (too bad it's a damn web-based OS, but I guess one can't have everything)

Edited 2009-07-08 09:11 UTC

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RE: What a prediction
by bryanv on Wed 8th Jul 2009 17:33 in reply to "What a prediction"
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18 months ago, I interviewed with Google. I wasn't interested in relocating, but I figured what the hell. In the end, it didn't work out -- and I'm glad. I really like my current place in life, and I cannot imagine how different (Terrible) things would be if I had gone to the Big G.

That said, at that time, I suggested to one of my last interviewers that Google should do an OS. I described in detail how I thought it's user-interaction and integration with web services and search should be utilized. They were quite amused that I'd put that much thought into it, and wouldn't say if it was or was not a potential project.

I had been playing with the first beta of Android at the time, and told them flat out, "It's quite apparent you already have the talent in-house, somewhere, to do this kind of work."

Personally, I'm surprised it's taken them this long.

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RE[2]: What a prediction
by mrAmiga500 on Wed 8th Jul 2009 21:26 in reply to "RE: What a prediction"
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That's very interesting.

If I had an interview at Google 18 months ago, I probably wouldn't have had the guts to suggest they develop an OS. I'd be too worried they'd think I was a raving lunatic and that I'd blow the interview. ;)

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