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 Google's new Chrome Operating System!
James (Jim) Hill...
Jul 12 2009, 10:03 PM
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Yes folks, Google have finally announced what everyone has been conjecturing…they are moving into the realm of operating systems. Google’s foray into, what is for them, new territory will initially be aimed at the limited but burgeoning netbook market. Expected to be available somewhere in the second half of 2010, Google Chrome OS is bound to be based on pure cloud computing principles.

What is cloud computing? It’s more or less, a fancy term for doing things online rather than using the traditional method of downloading and installing applications for everyday computing needs. In fact, Google already have many of the basic web based applications in place.

I expect Google Chrome OS to be not much more than an extension of their Chrome browser with added links to the various online features. This from the official Google Blog:

“Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web.”

Considering the O.S. will be based on a Linux kernel and specifically designed for running online apps, I can fully appreciate and understand the speed, simplicity, fast and lightweight bits…but, I have some serious reservations about Google’s claims of enhanced security. I guess time will tell on that one!

As I said earlier, there have been murmurings of Google venturing into the operating system market for some time and I believe their introductory ploy is a clever one. Initially concentrating on an area where Vista has failed miserably and Linux has never been fully accepted/successful is a smart move indeed. Will they, eventually, up the ante and take on the big boys with a fully fledged O.S.…..my money says it is near a certainty!!

Cheers all…..JIM
 
marko
Jul 12 2009, 11:47 PM
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Now this is something which really did get me thinking Jim, saw the announcement myself a while ago and thought it would definately get people jumping up and down, personally I am really impressed with their browser, Chrome, and I have yet to see anything rival it's speed and simplicity. I see the future of computing in simplicity and this is where I see Microsoft's failings, they are constantly trying to go bigger and better where for the majority of us we just want speed and let's be honest for most it's just a matter of getting online as this is where the main of the action happens nowadays on our PC's, so to have a machine up and running and on the net in a matter of seconds sounds like a winner to me, then to have access to an array of consolidated web services like word processing, spreadsheets, email, reminders, and so forth all provided by Googles fast servers can only be making MS quake in their billionaire boots!.

I personally used to have a domain setup at home, with 2 machines serving the network with one acting as an email server and domain controller and the other a file and print server but I have since removed these and went back to a simple workgroup but I really do miss the functionality it gave like being able to access the same info from any machine in the house and the peace of mind that most of our data was stored on the server rather than the local machine and if this is the road Google decide to go down (sort of like a Citrix or dumb terminal route) then I for one consider this a success before it's even created!
 
James (Jim) Hill...
Jul 13 2009, 01:08 AM
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Hey Marko - Yep, agree 100% with everything you say. Just one reservation for me, the security/privacy issue. Google are famous (or should that be infamous) for collecting data...doesn't overly concern me but may be off putting for many.

Marko, seeing how you like Chrome so much...have you ever tried the 'Iron' browser? It is based on Chrome, includes all the excellent Chrome features/attributes with none of the privacy issues. Suggest you read through this article from Make Tech Easier, if only to view all the data collecting functions inherent in Chrome:

http://maketecheasier.com/iron-browser-a-s...rome/2009/07/08

cheers mate....JIM
 
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Jul 13 2009, 06:59 AM
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Security doesn't concern me too much when we're dealing with the likes of Google either Jim, I remember the song and dance about Microsoft at one point also and their license agreements containing all sorts of stuff, more or less they will have access to anything, anytime kind of thing but I think if we were all to read the license agreements on any software we installed we'd probably find similar terms, I mean no matter what we install these days the firewall always shouts that the program wants to "phone home" so it's likely everyone is at it to some extent. I've installed Iron browser and it's just as you say, Chrome, but without the security implications, will keep it as one of my browsers and see how it goes (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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Jul 13 2009, 12:29 PM
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Hey Marko - Yes, you are quite right. It amuses me no end when I hear people carry on about the relatively harmless information which is collected by some apps. I wonder if they ever think about the personal details they give up when performing what are considered normal, everyday transactions: Opening a new bank account, buying a new car, any warranty, setting up a telephone account, etc. etc. For some reason it all seems a bit more sinister when connected to the web. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)

I downloaded Iron to a flash drive...had a bit of a play with it yesterday. I like it!! Now bring on the extensions. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
 


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