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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So, what's this for?
by Kalessin on Thu 19th Nov 2009 20:54 UTC
Kalessin
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2007-01-18

What I want to know is what the use case for this is. Is this intended for netbooks? That's about the only thing that I can think of. It's innovative, I suppose, but I don't really see the point (of course, I don't really like the idea of netbooks either).

Personally, I hate the trend towards web-based applications. I _much_ prefer native applications. I certainly won't claim that the current desktop model doesn't need some work - innovation is still good - but overall, I really like the current desktop model, and I have yet to see any innovative stuff which tries anything different which I would consider better, or even vaguely close to it.

In any case, this is certainly interesting, but from where I sit, it seems rather pointless. Google obviously sees some value in it though, so maybe something interesting will come of it.

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RE: So, what's this for?
by phoenix on Thu 19th Nov 2009 21:48 in reply to "So, what's this for?"
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2005-07-11

[q]What I want to know is what the use case for this is. Is this intended for netbooks? That's about the only thing that I can think of. It's innovative, I suppose, but I don't really see the point (of course, I don't really like the idea of netbooks either).[/quote]

On something like the 10" netbooks, with a built-in cell chip, wifi, and ethernet, this could be useful. Without an always-on Internet connection of some kind, though, it would be pretty useless.

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RE: So, what's this for?
by sbergman27 on Thu 19th Nov 2009 22:01 in reply to "So, what's this for?"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

What I want to know is what the use case for this is.

The use case is to wrestle Microsoft's slaves away from Microsoft, and make them Google's slaves.

Is this intended for netbooks?

See my take on the misleading term "netbook" for my personal feeling about that:

http://www.osnews.com/thread?395467

It's innovative, I suppose, but I don't really see the point (of course, I don't really like the idea of netbooks either).

This association of small laptops with the cloud, through the misnomer of "Netbook", is getting to be one of the most malignant mal-memes of our time. It's getting to be almost as malignant as the "I" word.

Small laptops != Cloud Computing

Small, inexpensive laptops, with more computing power and storage space than the desktops of yesteryear give one the ability to take a desktop computer with them, with the *option*, not the mandate, of using the web as a balanced part of their mobile computing experience.

Edited 2009-11-19 22:06 UTC

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