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[4]: Android
by Praxis on Sat 14th Nov 2009 09:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Android"
Praxis
Member since:
2009-09-17

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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RE[5]: Android
by OSGuy on Sat 14th Nov 2009 09:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Android"
OSGuy Member since:
2006-01-01

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

Again, why should we worry about compatibility? I am talking about a whole new system such as SkyOS with Linux/BSD kernel. I am talking about a system that should not care about Unix apps. Linux apps should not even be remotely considered let alone running them. 0% compatibility, a fresh new system built on top of linux. That is how you fix a mess. By keeping Linux apps compatibility it would be nothing more than just another distribution....If I was in charge of Chrome OS I would make sure that my goals are met regardless whether is compatible with the rest of Linux or not. My sytstem would be a fresh new system, centralized API (WIN32) and with same standard rules for all apps something that X.ORG severely lacks.

Edited 2009-11-14 09:49 UTC

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RE[6]: Android
by Delgarde on Sun 15th Nov 2009 01:56 in reply to "RE[5]: Android"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

0% compatibility, a fresh new system built on top of linux. That is how you fix a mess.


Ok, so you're looking to build something that *nobody* will use? There are, like, a billion pet project out there from people who have tried that. Nobody uses them, barring their creators.

Why? Because if you start with nothing, with no compatibility with existing software, you don't have anything that people can use. Can't check email, until someone writes an email client. Can't browse the web, no web browser yet. Photo editing? Forget it - you don't even have the Gimp, never mind Photoshop. Watching movies? Nope. Word processing? Nope. Spreadsheet? No, don't have that either.

From what I've seen of all the past attempts to start from scratch, you'll end up with a terminal client, a clock in the corner of the screen, and a badly done version of Minesweeper. Just what you need to attract the masses to your new desktop, right?

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