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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looks nice
by Ikshaar on Thu 19th Nov 2009 22:39 UTC
Ikshaar
Member since:
2005-07-14

I like it. People afraid because it's dependent on internet needs to move on. It's not 1980 anymore and that's the whole point. Sure if you have a dial up that's not for you but more and more people have internet connection up 99% of the time.

What I am really hoping is that it could finally push computer makers to get rid of the BIOS antiquated code for all PC not just Chromium OS based ones.

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RE: looks nice
by sbergman27 on Thu 19th Nov 2009 22:51 in reply to "looks nice"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

I like it. People afraid because it's dependent on internet needs to move on.

How about being afraid because it is dependent upon Google, Inc. That's a different thing.

Sure if you have a dial up that's not for you but more and more people have internet connection up 99% of the time.

Really? I travel by car a lot. And I certainly don't have Internet access anywhere near 99% of the time with my mobile broadband. And when I'm on the highway, I'd prefer the reliability, relatively low latency, and speed of 56k dial up, to what I observe with mobile wireless.

Don't tell me when I need to move on. I recognize the practical limitations of Google, Inc.'s "vision" immediately. If your Internet experience is stationary enough that you are comfortable with complete dependence upon the cloud, then perhaps it is you who need to "move on" in a somewhat more literal sense.

Edited 2009-11-19 22:52 UTC

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RE[2]: looks nice
by sbenitezb on Sat 21st Nov 2009 13:42 in reply to "RE: looks nice"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

But they demonstrated a Gmail on the iPhone that works without connection by caching and then automatically sending/receiving mail as it detects a connection. Why can't this be done with a netbook too? How is this different than a local mail client that does the same?

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It's a question of functionality, not fear
by nt_jerkface on Fri 20th Nov 2009 02:22 in reply to "looks nice"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

I live near a large city and yet twice today I didn't have internet access for my laptop.

At this point the iphone is far more useful to me as a mini computer since I can play games on it when not connected.

Sometimes you want to go to a cafe and just use your computer quickly without messing with their network.

I really think it is too early for a web-only OS. It's too niche.

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Cymro Member since:
2005-07-07

HTML 5 and Google Gears let you create web-apps that can work offline. You don't need a network connection to use your GMail, for example. I think we'll be seeing more and more of this in the next few years.

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