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[2]: Android
by sbenitezb on Sat 14th Nov 2009 01:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Android"
sbenitezb
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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[4]: Android
by sbenitezb on Mon 16th Nov 2009 21:37 in reply to "RE[3]: Android"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

Right. ChromeOS then means ChromeObscureSystem? ChromeObviousSentence? Linux is just a kernel not a complete OS. I assume Chrome provides the rest that makes Linux boot up and some standard services and facilities that sit on top of the kernel and provide interaction with the user. Kernel + Shell is the OS.

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