Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2009 17:28 UTC, submitted by waid0004
Google Google has put up a very interesting document explaining the security features underlying its Chrome OS. The document also details the underlying guiding principles of Chrome OS' security features.
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SRWare Iron OS
by cb88 on Tue 24th Nov 2009 18:55 UTC
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2009-04-23

So when does SRWare release Iron OS? Okay I am kidding about that...

Personally I would rather see Google contribute out in the open,with paid developers/engineers not just GSoC, to an already established OS for instance by improving haiku with security and better hardware acceleration support via gallium3d. As far as that goes Google could maintain a fork of Haiku similar to how Apple does with webkit for safari.

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RE: SRWare Iron OS
by galvanash on Tue 24th Nov 2009 19:40 in reply to "SRWare Iron OS"
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2006-01-25

Personally I would rather see Google contribute out in the open,with paid developers/engineers not just GSoC, to an already established OS for instance by improving haiku with security and better hardware acceleration support via gallium3d. As far as that goes Google could maintain a fork of Haiku similar to how Apple does with webkit for safari.


Google has no business interest in conventional OS development. Chrome OS is an engine for running a browser. Ive pointed this out before, and it doesn't seem to be a very popular opinion, but all Google wants in the end is a shim to but a browser on top of some hardware - the OS is the shim, and that is all it needs to be.

The fact that it has started out as essentially equivalent to a full Linux distribution is just for convenience to get the ball rolling. It won't be long before it gets whittled down to the bare minimum needed to run Chrome and thats about it. The point is that Google's goals do not at all coincide with Haiku's or even the goals of Linux for that matter - they are only interested in the OS to the point of enabling them to run their browser on as little hardware as possible.

Thats not to say they couldn't for instance use Haiku (instead of Linux) as their "OS" for running Chrome. Hell, that might even be a good idea. But would the Haiku project benefit much from that? To put it bluntly, their notion of security is to make the OS a black box that the user cannot alter - that isn't of much use if you actual intend to let users run anything native on it...

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RE[2]: SRWare Iron OS
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2009 19:58 in reply to "RE: SRWare Iron OS"
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2005-06-29

To put it bluntly, their notion of security is to make the OS a black box that the user cannot alter - that isn't of much use if you actual intend to let users run anything native on it...


It's completely open source. As such, your statement is rather incorrect, as anyone will be able to run whatever he wants on Chrome OS - you'll just need the proper skills.

Calling it a black box makes it seem as if it is closed source - which it isn't.

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