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: Good for...
by vivainio on Thu 19th Nov 2009 21:17 UTC in reply to "Good for..."
vivainio
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2008-12-26

I could use it as a second OS running on a hypervisor alongside Windows with disabled Internet. Or browse with it on a dirt-cheap ARM tablet. It would make a great OS for grandma.
But I don't see it being used as a primary OS by anyone with some computer literacy.


You hit the nail on the head. Nobody is going to get one of these as the primary computer (expect the scenarios where you'd like to buy a zero-support computer for your parents).

It's intended for secondary/tertiary "email/facebook" devices for living room, something you turn on in a whim and quickly catch up with whatever is happening.

It will also work fine for most common "entry level" offline needs (media browsing, ebook reading...).

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RE[2]: Good for...
by sbenitezb on Thu 19th Nov 2009 23:35 in reply to "RE: Good for..."
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

Nobody is going to get one of these as the primary computer (expect the scenarios where you'd like to buy a zero-support computer for your parents).


If you mean no tech-inclined person, then you *might* be true (or not, let's wait and see). But most people's current use of a computer is for web browsing, chatting, emailing, media playing, some word processing... That's already covered by Google's services and other online services in the web. With audio/video plugins, you can easily have access to online/local multimedia with a browser frontend. I imagine rtorrent/transmission-cli/btd with their respective web based frontends for illegal downloading. Big trouble for Microsoft if this catches on (it's Google after all).

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What about printing
by nt_jerkface on Sat 21st Nov 2009 06:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Good for..."
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Most people I know also use an mp3 player or digital camera.

Big trouble for Microsoft if this catches on (it's Google after all).


It won't, and even if it did MS could just counter with Windows Mobile + Zune store + local access to mp3 files which would be far more appealing to the typical consumer.

ChromeOS is too niche. People want to do more with netbooks than surf the web and open google docs. I don't even know anyone that uses google docs.

A moblin netbook with alternative apps is a hard enough sale. But a Linux netbook that only comes with a browser? They won't be able to get them cheap enough.

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RE[2]: Good for...
by r_a_trip on Fri 20th Nov 2009 10:32 in reply to "RE: Good for..."
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

It's intended for secondary/tertiary "email/facebook" devices for living room, something you turn on in a whim and quickly catch up with whatever is happening.

The Deities help us. Ultra quick Facebook appliances. So you can stop having a real social life even quicker(TM).

I haven't seen a few people for over 6 months in the flesh, because they seem to believe that publishing every uninteresting little detail about their everyday lives and commenting on these posts from other people just like it, is adequate replacement for real life contact.

I wonder how "I'm sitting in the garden. Reading a book" [Random friend X likes it] --> "Enjoy your book." --> "Nice having some leisure time. Wish I was there." --> "Is the book any good?" --> "Barnes and Noble are having a sale." is enough for some people.

There is no longer any exchange of ideas, nor talk about feelings or the deeper stuff of life. I guess I'm a dinosaur and I feel threatened by the birth of Homo Superficialis.

The only upside to this is that Google will probably get some serious revenue through shoehorning all those online time wastes into their adsense channel.

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RE[3]: Good for...
by phoenix on Fri 20th Nov 2009 16:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Good for..."
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2005-07-11

I wonder how "I'm sitting in the garden. Reading a book" [Random friend X likes it] --> "Enjoy your book." --> "Nice having some leisure time. Wish I was there." --> "Is the book any good?" --> "Barnes and Noble are having a sale." is enough for some people.

There is no longer any exchange of ideas, nor talk about feelings or the deeper stuff of life. I guess I'm a dinosaur and I feel threatened by the birth of Homo Superficialis.


When your closest friends and family members have all moved away to different cities, it's nice to be able to stay in touch at that level. It brings back a bit of "normalcy" since it makes it seem like they are still close by. It's also easier than being on the phone with them for 8 hours a day.

Granted, I've never understood people who live in the same city, even in the same neighbourhood, doing the same. If you're that close by, just pop on over for a visit.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

and then I'll later post the pictures on facebook.

Thanks for the heads up on the B&N sale.

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