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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not the x
by 10wattmindtrip on Mon 16th Nov 2009 12:41 UTC
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I'm confused when I read speculation on whether or not Chrome OS is using X or not.
Not long ago, I read an article on a "leaked" Chrome Browser for ChromeOS. Now, it had a .deb file extension, ran on Debian without problems.
My question is simple: If Chrome OS is supposedly introducing a new windowing system, wouldn't their version of Chrome _not_ run on Xorg?
I hate to express what I think of ChromeOS as I, like everyone else out there, has absolutely no real idea of what this OS is going to be other than what Google has stated. So I'll keep my distance on that, but I still don't think they got rid of X, unless I'm ill informed and that "browser leak" on the chromium ftp was fake.
Either way, I am very interested in seeing what Google has done.

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Android doesn't use X and comes with a browser
by nt_jerkface on Tue 17th Nov 2009 07:50 in reply to "not the x"
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2009-08-26

but more importantly they're Google, they have plenty of cash to fund porting projects.

The downside of not building off X is losing application compatibility but this is a netbook device which is designed to have limited functionality.

Expect android for netbooks, which means no X.

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