Linked by David Adams on Mon 30th Nov 2009 17:44 UTC, submitted by samw
Window Managers An effort to turn a normal windows installation into a chrome OS like operating system has come to fruition with its first release. The complete shell replacement that is available here stops the default desktop loading at boot time and instead replaces it with Google's Chrome browser (allowing the user to load the normal desktop later). Standby to browser times of 3 seconds have been reported.
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It's called kiosking
by nt_jerkface on Mon 30th Nov 2009 21:28 UTC in reply to "Comment by marcp"
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

It's the latest trend in hacking.

Take a fully functioning computer and hack it down to a browser.

Hacking more functionality out of devices is so 1998.

I'm going to break my iphone later so I can ban myself from using local apps.

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RE: It's called kiosking
by FunkyELF on Tue 1st Dec 2009 16:44 in reply to "It's called kiosking"
FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

I'm going to break my iphone later so I can ban myself from using local apps.


That sounds like a great idea... boot bare bones, just enough to make phone calls. I bet it would boot in 2 seconds.
Then later on, when you need to, you can initiate booting the rest of the OS and access local applications.

Why should you have to wait 15 seconds to boot your phone to make a phone call?

Why should you wait more than 3 seconds to use the internet on your netbook?

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RE[2]: It's called kiosking
by WereCatf on Tue 1st Dec 2009 16:48 in reply to "RE: It's called kiosking"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Why should you have to wait 15 seconds to boot your phone to make a phone call?

Why should you need to turn your phone on and off so often that such a thing is a hassle? Most phones last for 3-5 days without a single recharge, and you can just recharge them without turning them off, too.

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