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[2]: Good for...
by sbenitezb on Thu 19th Nov 2009 23:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Good for..."
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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..."
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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: What about printing
by sbenitezb on Sat 21st Nov 2009 13:22 in reply to "What about printing"
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Most people I know also use an mp3 player or digital camera.


A background daemon that transfers images from your camera to picasaweb should solve that. You think that because it's a web interface it can't interact with other stuff than web pages?

It won't,


You already know? How?

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.


Typical consumer knows nothing about anything tech related.

ChromeOS is too niche.


Of course, it hasn't been released yet, it's not complete, who knows what it will be able to do?

People want to do more with netbooks than surf the web and open google docs.


I thought netbooks were primarily for net stuff.

I don't even know anyone that uses google docs.


I don't either. But I find the lack of users has more to do with Google docs being too slow. Things are changing fast in the web browser market.

A moblin netbook with alternative apps is a hard enough sale.


A netbook with no marketing at all. Tell me, who manages most ads on the web today?

But a Linux netbook that only comes with a browser? They won't be able to get them cheap enough.


I would expect the browser to be the GUI, like if you pick KDE it's your GUI, with window manager, file manager and integrated apps. You certainly can do a lot with a browser (and more with google engine) provided you have a backend. Backends can be provided by a web service or a local service. You can fit both in a netbook. I'm not saying this is how it's going to be, but it could be done for sure.

Just be realistic, lots of entreprise software are being redesigned as web services with web frontends, because it's easy to deploy and manage from a central location without caring too much about the clients. Take random office worker: he would read mail, answer the phone, do some spreadsheet and word processing, and then use a job related software, like invoicing, HR software, etc. With a browser as a client, you as IT are freed from lots of expenses, IT contracts for all your clients, antivirus, etc. In the end, it makes sense, lot of sense.

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