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 Praxis on Sat 14th Nov 2009 01:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Android"
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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"
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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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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.

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RE[4]: Android
by Praxis on Sat 14th Nov 2009 09:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Android"
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well I think Moblin has done a decent job cleaning things up without breaking anything. The problem with following the Android model and completely breaking things is that it means you start off with zero developer support. Android could do it cause smartphones are still an emerging market and the form factor requires a new UI or more for most applications anyway, so Android didn't turn developers away. If Chrome OS does a Android style break however I think it will turn developers away, why should they have to re-write all their stuff just cause google wanted to be different. Again I realize that Chrome OS will be focused on web apps so the platform will have stuff to run, but its going to be competing against platforms like Moblin that can run web apps just as well and draw on applications from the overall linux ecosystem. So I think a Moblin style soft break is much more likely to succeed than an Android style hard break.

I do think Chrome OS will drop X in favor of something else, and they won't be using one of the standard DEs, but I see no reason it should change the filesystem structure, it would create compatabilty issues for the sake of something that any reasonable system would hide for normal users anyway. If the user won't see it, why change it. Radical changes from the user pov can still be running on a more conventional backend

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