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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Netscape OS
by Adurbe on Thu 19th Nov 2009 21:16 UTC
Adurbe
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2005-07-06

Finally comes into being what (I think) was Netscape's biggest missed chance and the reason Microsoft crushed them.

Why have an OS when you have a browser?

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RE: Netscape OS
by Delgarde on Thu 19th Nov 2009 21:40 in reply to "Netscape OS"
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2008-08-19

Finally comes into being what (I think) was Netscape's biggest missed chance and the reason Microsoft crushed them.

Why have an OS when you have a browser?


Because the Internet wasn't ready for it, back when Netscape was around. These days, web applications like GMail, or Google Docs are almost as good as their desktop counterparts - certainly, they're good enough.

Also, the internet wasn't so ubiquitous back then, and the target user base for a web OS - people who only care about web and email - didn't really exist to the degree it is now. The people using Netscape then were the people now loudly proclaiming that web apps don't do everything they need, or that they don't like the idea of entrusting all their data to some remote service.

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RE: Netscape OS
by frood on Fri 20th Nov 2009 11:09 in reply to "Netscape OS"
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2005-07-06

Finally comes into being what (I think) was Netscape's biggest missed chance and the reason Microsoft crushed them.

Why have an OS when you have a browser?


Yeah, I remember Bill Gates writing about it in his book "The road ahead" way back in 1995(?). He wrote that one of his fears was Netscape would create a browser based OS and negate the need for Windows for many.

Edited 2009-11-20 11:10 UTC

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