Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Nov 2009 20:01 UTC
Google Google has just unveiled its Chrome OS operating system during a press event at the company's headquarters, and it's pretty much exactly what we expected it to be: a streamlined Linux kernel booting straight into the Chrome web browser. The code is available starting today.
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RE: ... - seems in line with early rumours
by jabbotts on Thu 19th Nov 2009 20:53 UTC in reply to "..."
jabbotts
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2007-09-06

A browser on top of a nearly naked kernel on top of a minimal bios. All software and non-volatile storage being provided by servers. It's about what the rumors sounded like versus the wild claims that it would be the second coming of Linux backed by Google.

Now, let's hope a VMware appliance becomes available, an ISO or something cleaner than a source build and storage juggle to get it into a VM.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

s. It's about what the rumors sounded like versus the wild claims that it would be the second coming of Linux backed by Google.

To the extent that cloud-only OSes matter, this is clearly Linux's presence there... to the extent that cloud-only OSes matter.

It's just too bad that this couldn't have been microkernel-based. Then, instead of one beautiful Ivory Tower stretching up into the clouds, we could have had two beautiful Ivory Towers stretching up into the clouds. Twin Towers, one might say...

Edited 2009-11-19 21:19 UTC

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

A world where all computers are managed as embedded os terminals for centralized services is a rather stagnant sounding place. I could see having a tablet at home that can be passed around with the home groupware interface loaded. For daily computing through, I won't be giving up my traditional machine.

So true, as far as centralized computing terminals go, this has it's place. Like the iPhone, it looks to deliver it's intended functions well enough. Now to see what unintended functions it can delivery.

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l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

Now, let's hope a VMware appliance becomes available, an ISO or something cleaner than a source build and storage juggle to get it into a VM.


Just search for "chromium os virtual image", you'll find some, I'm downloading one right now.

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