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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Sorry, don't really get it...
by marksibly on Thu 19th Nov 2009 23:09 UTC
marksibly
Member since:
2009-11-19

Hi,

Yep, pretty much what everyone expected, but I still don't really get it.

How does it differ from just running a browser on a 'real' OS - expect there's a bunch (and a big bunch at that) of stuff you can no longer do?

Saves the price of a harddrive I guess, but you can run a lite Linux on flash drive's already can't you?

To me, it's all start to feel like some kind of 'lock in' strategy.

Oh well, I never drank the 'do no evil' koolaid anyways!

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

When MS can also just provide a browser with Windows Mobile and give access to the same apps but also provide a local version of office as well.

I think most people would actually pay a premium for local storage. I know I would.

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sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

Local storage means nothing. If you get your device stolen, you are screwed. If it burns, you are screwed. With cloud storage and caching, you don't have to worry about backups, synchronization or anything at all. What's upsetting people here is the possibility of lock-in (and most of them are already locked-in by Microsoft, Apple or ideology).

Edited 2009-11-21 13:51 UTC

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