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Google Chrome Operating System

Google Chrome OS is an open source Google project and will be available to use at no cost in 2010, initially be targeted at netbooks. In 2009, Google will open-source Chrome OS code.

The software architecture is Google Chrome running within a new window manager on top of the Linux kernel. The applications will be web-based, designed for people who spend most of their time on the web.

What do you think?
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I think they better watch out! The last time someone said this was Sun in regards to Java. Microsoft used every trick in the book to make sure it didn't happen, including marginalizing Java, packaging IE with the OS, hooking in "ActiveX" controls into IE, and other tactics. Note, in general, they lost these battles, but won the war.

What's curious to me is that this comes on the heels of the announcement of B!ng and on reports that it is picking up speed (but that report turned out to be a yawner -- the gains were statistically insignificant and likely related to the buzz).

I use Chrome (browser) on a daily basis, and while I like it, it is susceptible to crashing when there are lots of windows/tabs open. But on the whole, it's fast and clean.

However, the big plus is this: for developers, there will no longer be a distinction between writing software for the web and for the local computer, which is what Java and Microsoft have been trying to do for years, but have ultimately failed. It also means that there will be a greater emphasis on distinguishing between functionality and presentation, which I'm all very much in favor of.
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So, yet another Linux distro?
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Originally Posted by varelg
So, yet another Linux distro?
I don't think it is fair to compare Google's initiative with Linux to "Yet Another Linux Distro". But then again, that is only my view Smilie
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Serious OS competition can only be good for all of us the consumers! And it's web based. I think we all come out ahead, right? Google has a chance, maybe, against MS, that's the only worry.
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Originally Posted by Nkosi
Serious OS competition can only be good for all of us the consumers! And it's web based. I think we all come out ahead, right? Google has a chance, maybe, against MS, that's the only worry.
I am not sure if network-based office computing is yet a serious threat to MS, but is cannot help. The world continues to innovate toward cloud and software-as-a-service computing and MS continues to fumble with trying to come up with a new OS.

Regarding MS's future, don't hold your breath for stunning innovation. Their computing model has little chance to gain new market share in the direction they are heading.

Google, on the other hand, is poised for continued growth.
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Originally Posted by Neo
I don't think it is fair to compare Google's initiative with Linux to "Yet Another Linux Distro". But then again, that is only my view Smilie
It is fair. They should do an OS from scratch. It should be autonomic with extensive concurrency and fault tolerance. Who needs another version of 30 year old technology?

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