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 sbenitezb on Mon 16th Nov 2009 21:37 UTC 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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RE[5]: Android
by james_parker on Mon 16th Nov 2009 22:09 in reply to "RE[4]: Android"
james_parker Member since:
2005-06-29

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.


"ChromeOS" is the marketing name/trademark. Linux, which consists of a kernel, an API/ABI, a DDI (Device Driver Interface), and a bootstrapping mechanism.

Shells, if any, are simply applications that execute on the OS. Many operating systems run quite nicely without a shell being one of the available applications (e.g. embedded operating systems).

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RE[6]: Android
by sbenitezb on Mon 16th Nov 2009 23:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Android"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

But you are confusing the kernel with the whole set. You assume the kernel only is all that's needed to launch applications, manage windows, etc. The kernel doesn't do that. ChromeOS IS an operating system. Like Debian, like Red Hat, like Ubuntu, etc. It doesn't matter what kernel it uses or what user-space applications and services, desktop environment or window manager it provides. And by shell I meant any user interface, text or GUI, that allows a user to communicate with the device or whatever thing the kernel manages.

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RE[6]: Android
by nt_jerkface on Tue 17th Nov 2009 08:34 in reply to "RE[5]: Android"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Linux is a kernel.

ChromeOS is an OS.

The kernel is the core of the operating system and the first software abstraction layer that allows access to the hardware.

So I'm really not sure where you are going with this.

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