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: speed
by galvanash on Fri 20th Nov 2009 02:58 UTC in reply to "speed "
galvanash
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2006-01-25

They mention the 5s start as something exceptional, but really the OS is not usable after 5s you still need to connect to the network, on my home network that's often >3s and this is not even taking into account loading the webapp you want to use and suddenly the start-up time is really not that much better than a normal OS. Also Karmic brought a 5s boot time when using a SSD and that's a full OS, so the Chrome OS time is not impressive.


There is no reason at all to think that the 5 seconds doesn't include network connection setup. Kinda the whole point of putting the browser on top of a custom kernel is to make it possible to do this kind of stuff earlier in the boot process - you can eliminate the 100s of dependencies Windows for example has to manage before it can initialize the network stack. Chrome OS won't have most of these dependencies because, well..., the only thing it runs is a browser. Thats it.

Second, the 5 seconds will probably be on hardware that is 1/10th the speed of your home computer... Probably an ARM or Atom core with maybe 128-256MB of ram. In that light I think it is pretty good.

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Who cares about boot times
by nt_jerkface on Fri 20th Nov 2009 05:08 in reply to "RE: speed "
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

when everyone uses sleep/resume.

But more importantly I could care less about instant boot if it means booting into a desktop that requires internet access.

ChromeOS has to be one of the most overhyped operating systems of all time. The new graphics stack turned out to be a rumor.

It's a Linux distro that locks you into the browser. Amazing!

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RE: Who cares about boot times
by galvanash on Fri 20th Nov 2009 08:49 in reply to "Who cares about boot times"
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2006-01-25

when everyone uses sleep/resume.


You do realize sleep/resume could just as easily be implemented on Chrome OS as anything else... And it could be implemented so that if you switched computers you could resume your last session on a different machine. Try that with a conventional OS. People's inability to fathom how far this paradigm can actually go amazes me...

But more importantly I could care less about instant boot if it means booting into a desktop that requires internet access.


Then stick with your existing desktop/whatever. It isn't going anywhere anytime soon. But many people (including me) really don't see the point of even using a computer without the internet.

ChromeOS has to be one of the most overhyped operating systems of all time. The new graphics stack turned out to be a rumor.

It's a Linux distro that locks you into the browser. Amazing!


Everyone says the next big thing is overhyped prior to it becoming the next big thing... We'll see. And PLEASE dont refer to it as a linux distro - it is NOT a linux distro. The Linux kernel is an implementation detail, it could just as easily be run on top of BSD or something completely custom built. It has no application binary interface - it is an OS designed to run a browser stack and that is all it runs. I'm not trying to dis Linux by saying that either, Linux happens to be the best available option. But an OS that only runs a browser only needs to care about running the browser - the stuff under the hood is subject to change. As time goes by I predict the stuff under the hood WILL change - probably drastically. Google will hack it down to the bare minimum as they figure out which parts they can whittle away... X is a convenient starting point for a graphics stack - by not committing their ABI to it they can hack it off at will.

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