Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Nov 2009 17:45 UTC
Google Okay, so it's not an actual release as Arrington predicted last week, but Google will indeed take the wraps off its Chrome OS tomorrow. The company will hold an event tomorrow at its company headquarters in Mountain View, California, where it will unveil its plans for the operating system. Update: An OSNews reader has uncovered possible evidence that Chrome OS uses X, Clutter, and Slim.
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RE: Netbook is a misnomer
by rajan r on Fri 20th Nov 2009 15:02 UTC in reply to "Netbook is a misnomer"
rajan r
Member since:
2005-07-27

I'm quite concerned that you are using your netbook while driving - I sure hope interstate highways specifically don't have wireless broadband for this reason.

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RE[2]: Netbook is a misnomer
by sbergman27 on Fri 20th Nov 2009 15:16 in reply to "RE: Netbook is a misnomer"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

I'm quite concerned that you are using your netbook while driving - I sure hope interstate highways specifically don't have wireless broadband for this reason.

Trivial Example: Stop for gas. Go to update MPG spreadsheet. Oops! Netbook's a brick.

Or what if I want to stop at a rest area and verify the wording of a document sent to a client, because I can't quite remember whether I included or left out a point? Lot's of little things.

I'm about ready to head out the door and will be staying in a town that does not have broadband coverage. My netbook would be a brick from tonight through tomorrow morning if I were running Chromium OS.

And no. There is no way to use a netbook and drive at the same time.

The point is that being so completely dependent on "The Cloud" is a disadvantage, and not an advantage for common netbook use patterns. Google is trying to claim it is an advantage. A real OS with a browser gives you *more* than their thin client OS does.

This post by user "drag" on LWN.net hits the nail on the head:

http://lwn.net/Articles/362890/

Edited 2009-11-20 15:16 UTC

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RE[3]: Netbook is a misnomer
by kragil on Fri 20th Nov 2009 15:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Netbook is a misnomer"
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2006-01-04

Google gears or HTML5 will provide offline support.

Anyways I think these devices will be dirt cheap .. 100 to 300 dollars (with ARM and a small battery) and be slim and slick.

At the moment they are intended to be care free IAs and I guess a lot of geeks that now tell family to buy Mac or install Linux will tell people to get a Chrome OS machine. With a full size keyboard and a big screen they will do about 95% of users need. Sure no video editing or Itunes, but also no backup-, malware-, upgrade-worry.

And we are looking at this from a first world angle. Cheap Chrome OS netbooks will be a heaven send for people in poorer countries. They get a great web experience without the steep learning curve.

Most people still are not on the internet.

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