Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Jul 2009 14:03 UTC
Google Even though everyone's talking about it, fact of the matter is that Google's Chrome OS is currently nothing more than an internet announcement, with a supposed release date of somewhere in 2010. Google chief executive Eric Schmidt has now stated that netbooks running Chrome OS could appear as early as this year. In addition, Schmidt also talked about his position at Apple's board of directors.
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I hope Google will test them thouroughly ..
by kragil on Sun 12th Jul 2009 14:15 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

those asian OEMs can't be trusted. And I hope Google will demand control over the software update. They did OK with Android, but there certainly is room for improvemment.

And I hope they will have one unique selling point like a Pixel Qi screen.

Easy software installation and fast operation are a must. I hope they look at Coreboot (LinuxBios).

Really curious how software management will work in Chrome OS. Native Client will be on board for sure, but what else? I think updates will just install without notification.

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Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

What I am keen to see is HOW their software updates are installed. Chrome does them for you without so much as a 'hello world'.

I can see the benefits of this in a browser (keeps it secure and up to date) worst case update fails, you use another browser

With an OS.. update fails, pc (office?) out of commission!

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

I think Google is looking very closely at the upcoming techs in the Linux world.

They could combine their package management with BtrFS snapshots and be fairly safe. If you turn of the machine while an update gets installed it just goes back to the last snapshot and installs again.

Similarly they will probably use all the fast boot enhancements and I guess kernel mode setting etc.

What I don't get is if they intended to build their own OS all along based on Linux why didn't they work more upstream. Without Andrew Morton Googles contributions are pretty meaningless. They could have been in a much better position now .. I guess they aren't as strategic as everybody thinks.

Let's hope Chrome OS will change that.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

What I am keen to see is HOW their software updates are installed. Chrome does them for you without so much as a 'hello world'.

I can see the benefits of this in a browser (keeps it secure and up to date) worst case update fails, you use another browser

With an OS.. update fails, pc (office?) out of commission!

Android offers you a choice, so clearly Google are wise to the fact that more sophisticated / critical software needs downtime to perform updates.

However, Google also say in one of their PRs that Chrome OS won't need system / security updates like Windows does. Now given that there's no such thing as a finished OS (security holes and bugs are always found (and fixed) and code optimisations are thought up), I find it hard to believe that Google wouldn't be releasing service packs of some description.
So maybe they intend to hide it from the users?

I guess the only way to know for sure is to wait and see.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

those asian OEMs can't be trusted. And I hope Google will demand control over the software update. They did OK with Android, but there certainly is room for improvement.


Ooh, how delicious - 'those asian OEM's', anyone note something in the tone of that post? before you start making up fictional issues about 'those asian OEM's' maybe it is time for 'those American OEM's' to start producing products that aren't of poor quality.

The best example of poor quality would be the Sky Decoder I have at home which is made by Motorola - I never thought it would be possible for a set top box to crash and it to spontaneously reboot but Motorola shows their crappiness goes beyond their mobile phones right to through their other product lines.

No thank you, I'll take 'those Asian OEM's' over 'those American OEM's' any day of the week.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Hey, I didn't want to offend anyone.

All I wanted to say that most OEMs (most of them are asian atm) don't support their products with software updates. They only think short term until the product ships. You never get feature updates. Look at HTCs WinMo cells, they usually don't get new WinMo releases. Also look at most vendors of embedded Linux product. They don't work upstream because they operate only from one product to the next and don't care for shipped devices. I really hate that. Google did good with shipping Android 1.5 cupcake. Let's see how the support for HTCs new Android sense interface will be. My guess is that once they shipped old devices won't get new feature updates. Which sucks.

Or look at the whole Linux on the netbook desaster .. OK a lot of people wanted XP, but still the Linpus or Xandros shit they shipped sucked ass. A tuned version of Ubuntu with a nicer branded theme or something would have made much more sense.

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