Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Nov 2009 17:01 UTC
Google TechCrunch's Michael Arrington is claiming Google's Chrome OS will debut next week - but his story does have an odd ring to it. He goes on and on about how driver support will be shoddy, but that makes no sense - isn't Chome OS supposed to be built on Linux? The only way I can see initial driver support to be shoddy is when Chrome OS has its own, custom graphical layer, instead of using X. However, were that to be the case, I'm sure Google would at least support some NVIDIA, ATI, and Intel chipsets. In any case, it's a rumour - do with it as you please.
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RE: Android
by james_parker on Fri 13th Nov 2009 23:50 UTC in reply to "Android"
james_parker
Member since:
2005-06-29

Despite its name, Google OS is not an Operating System, but rather a Linux distribution (albeit one without X-windows as the basis of its graphical interface). Linux is the OS underpinning it.

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RE[2]: Android
by sbenitezb on Sat 14th Nov 2009 01:56 in reply to "RE: Android"
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2005-07-22

It is an operating system. And a Linux distribution.

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RE[3]: Android
by james_parker on Mon 16th Nov 2009 19:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Android"
james_parker Member since:
2005-06-29

It is an operating system. And a Linux distribution.


No, Linux is the operating system. ChromeOS is a version of the Linux OS plus a set of custom libraries, frameworks, conventions (such as file system layout) and user interfaces.

Check any CS-oriented Operating Systems textbook or course syllabus, and you will find an accurate view of what is and is not a Operating System. Unfortunately some vendors (Microsoft in particular) has obscured this definition in the general public. I hold OSNews to a higher standard, however :-).

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RE[2]: Android
by Praxis on Sat 14th Nov 2009 01:59 in reply to "RE: Android"
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2009-09-17

Android is also based on Linux, it uses the linux kernal with a custom userspace so you can't just load normal linux apps on it.

Android is really pretty limited when you compare it to a desktop Os, this goes for pretty much every other smartphone os as well, except for maemo which is linux based and uses a much more conventional userspace so you can install most normal linux apps on it with minimal effort, though it might not always be wise to do so.

If Chrome OS goes the Android route, then pretty much nothing would run on it as is and you'd need to port everything. While Chrome OS will no doubt make heavy use of web apps that would need no porting, not being able to use any native linux apps would be a bold move by google, and I'm not sure it would pay off.

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RE[3]: Android
by helf on Sat 14th Nov 2009 02:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Android"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

"Kernel".

Sorry, drives me insane. ;)

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RE[3]: Android
by OSGuy on Sat 14th Nov 2009 05:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Android"
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2006-01-01

not being able to use any native linux apps would be a bold move by google, and I'm not sure it would pay off

And exactly why would you want to run native linux apps? If you want to run native linux apps then get a proper linux. I've commented in the past, someone needs to take this bloated piece of *cr* cough cough "code" and do radical changes. The changes would be so big, one can't even tell it is even remotely close to Linux. Get rid of X.ORG and even the file system structure and do something about it - aka SkyOS.

*Only* then will Linux see the light on the desktop. Don't expect to concur the desktop with GNOME/KDE, it's not gonna happen anytime soon.

Edited 2009-11-14 05:49 UTC

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RE[2]: Android
by No it isnt on Sun 15th Nov 2009 18:03 in reply to "RE: Android"
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2005-11-14

What makes you think Chrome OS won't use "X-windows"? It's only speculation from a vague statement that it will be "Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel". What they define as "windowing system" is entirely up to the reader.

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RE[3]: Android
by Praxis on Sun 15th Nov 2009 18:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Android"
Praxis Member since:
2009-09-17

What makes you think Chrome OS won't use "X-windows"? It's only speculation from a vague statement that it will be "Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel". What they define as "windowing system" is entirely up to the reader.


Just a guess, though I might have been influenced by some of the early press that did assume new windowing system meant not X, though now it is clear thats not the case. Though Android doesn't use X (I think, too lazy to check right now) So it goes back to the argument of whether they are making something more like Moblin or more like Android. I'm not really basing my speculations on anything more than gut instinct in this area. We will see next week hopefully.

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