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[8]: Android
by nt_jerkface on Wed 18th Nov 2009 06:58 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Android"
nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26


When the Linux kernel is used as-is as the only software layer and the application runs directly on top of it then it is an OS.


A common definition of an operating system includes providing the ability for the user to operate the system, which means making full use of available hardware. The Linux kernel isn't designed to do this, its too limited in scope. Even Linus calls it a kernel and expects it to be used in an operating system.

If you had a hardware device that made use of the Linux kernel without an OS I would just describe that as an embedded device that used the Linux kernel.

Some kernels can act as a barebone OS on their own but they are still called kernels because they do not provide those additional absract software layers that come with an operating system. If your embedded device has no need for those layers it is still interacting with the kernel, not an OS.

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