Google Announces Chrome OS

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Google announced their intent to build a new operating system with design based on the shape of computing today. Noting that today’s browsers run on operating systems first designed before there even was a web, Google says it is set to “rethink what operating systems should be.”

What does Google Promise?

Open Source

Lightweight

Minimal User Interface

Redesigned for Security (no Virus, malware, or updates)

Start and be on the Web in seconds

That’s what they’re telling us. The catch phrases “cloud computing” and “computing on the web” describe where today’s computing is headed. This trend is highlighted by our increasing use of gmail, Windows livemail, and cutting edge applications, including those offered by PC Pitstop.

We are all tired of losing our documents, pictures, and data every time we have a system crash or malware infection.
Computer repair shops are all too eager to reinstall the OS to cure the simplest of problems. It’s much less time consuming for the repair person but causes the consumer a huge loss in time and important data. All of this adds up to big dollars whether it’s spent on recovery software or backup programs.

Google’s intent is to design an operating system that takes full advantage of web based computing. Word documents, pictures, emails, and applications will be stored on the web where they can’t be lost. I can’t wait to see what Google produces. Previous articles on Web Based operating systems and computers running on browsers alone, have had my attention for a long time.

The Google Chrome browser promises to give stiff competition to Microsoft and Apple, as they are the only established competition in the market.

I can’t help but wonder how my existing software is going to work. Will it work? How different can Google’s attempt be, if it’s going to allow us to continue with our existing software titles?

Regardless of how things play out it’s sure going to be fun to watch. I know many on our readers and forum members are familiar with not only the Linux Kernel which is what the OS is reported to be based on, but also lots of other applications and software designs. If you have more information to add or thoughts in general, please put them in the comments section. I’m looking forward to your input and can’t wait to see how you feel about a Google Operating System.

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25 thoughts on “Google Announces Chrome OS

  1. Chrome OS is just based on Linux and it is not really a “real” proprietary operating system from Google. i wonder if Google would also compete with MS Windows in the future.

  2. Chrome OS would be very competitive on Microsoft operating systems. I was thinking that one day, Google would launch an Operating system that would complete with Windows XP or Vista. Google and Microsoft would compete head to head now that Microsft launched its Bing search engine.

  3. Cloud computing is an invitation to identity theft. Look at how many business servers have been hacked with credit card data compromised. And then they want us to put EVERYTHING on their servers? I’ll disconnect first. They ought to spend their time working with manufacturers setting up OS partitions and secure local backup strategies instead. Since OS’s have eaten up many other functions, why not incorporate imaging, burning, and help files instructing in effective backup?

  4. Mack ? what did I spell wrong and why does it matter when its understandable

    and for those people who were commenting saying they do not like Windows and would prefer a different OS, maybe you should look into TMAX Window 9 its a Korean OS made to compete with Mac and Windows it will run your Windows Programs and Unix programs and this OS is apparently faster. A Beta version is released in october and it is available for purchase in November, might be worth checking out if you dont like your Windows, Mac or whatever, cant hurt to try. Who knows it might beat windows and mac for speed and stability only one way to find out 😛

  5. I am just starting to play with Ubuntu/Linux but can see a long way to get to the applications I want to use. A lot of my problem is the lack of documentation that is understandable. Geeks (and many engineers I used to work with) just can’t write well. I have been trying to learn to use the app that should take the place of Quicken or at least the checkbook part of Quicken. Good luck. It was hard for me to even find the downloaded transaction file from my bank. I love to play Tetris though.

    Bottom line is, if you have time, it’s fun to try something different but most people don’t want to have to spend days learning how to use a new OS to do their work.

  6. I like the idea of another operating system to compete with windoze. If they can set up an OS that will be able to use the software that I have, I’m all for it. I’m really tired of windoze coming out with new and more expensive operating systems that are really pieces of crap. Remember windows ME and Vista? People bought into those and then found out that the previous OS was better. Vista will soon be going away and Windows 7 will be introduced. I’m still using XP (as I’m sure many of you still are) and I don’t like the idea that you have to buy a new OS when windoze decides to stop supporting the older OS at a substantial cost. I say bring it on but I will not be storing any important documents on the web.

  7. Having lost data several times when my computer crashed, the concept of storing files outside of my personal computer is appealing. My hesitation to endorse the Google OS is a fear of hackers getting into my personal data. Guess I am just paranoid!

  8. A Google OS?
    Ok now that’s not quite the best idea.
    Google is trying to grab more than it really can.

    Do they really believe that their approach will be of massive acceptance?
    For people that only use a computer for web and mail, and maybe some office work, could be ok, but for an advanced user, 3d artist, designer, architects, engineers, people who use the computer more than just a basic way, will not work at all, some applications are not replaceable, and only work in certain OS.

    And for the online storage, come on, we all know that will happen, but not in near future.

    Maybe for a netbook wil be great but nor for everyone.

    It sounds like Adobe’s OS approach, when they bought Macromedia, they announced the idea of launching an OS based on PDF and Flash, like 5 years ago, and I haven’t heard anything from it since then.

  9. In order to get more than niche usage of off site, real time data access/storage someone’s going to have to move rapidly away from this cutesy web 2.0 naming kick and grow up. Seriously. You’d feel secure in putting your data on a “Cloud”?

    The next concern in cloud computing (still makes me laugh every time) centers around the reality that a huge number of people simply don’t have fast enough access. Can you say, still forced to use dial up at 19,200 baud?

    I guess they see a large enough segment to go for it however and ignore the rest of the people. Personally I’m convinced there are too many “Google” eyes watching over the planet as it is. An astonishing variety of undertakings for what’s purportedly an advertising supported business. The last thing people should be sheepishly considering doing is literally handing over all of their data directly.

    But what else would we expect from an entire “Cloud” of industries attempting to further legitimize serious business utilization of a resource that should be used for it’s entertainment value only?

    Honestly, you’re operating a corporate infrastructure that depends upon publicly shared bandwidth dominated by actual hackers that can make your inept IT dept. geeks with their little trade school diplomas heads spin without so much as breaking a sweat? Seriously?

    Good luck with that.

  10. I do a lot of (informal) support for a broad range of clients/friends/family. One of the FIRST things I do is set up partitions to separate System from Data (as someone mentioned above).

    I’m wondering why OS installers don’t do this automatically… such a simple thing. Instead of mapping “My Documents” to a folder buried on the System partition, it seems like it would be simple enough to map it to an alternate partition, created during the OS install.

    IMHO, this should be a standard approach.

  11. Can you believe that God. What a guy. But……….I was wondering why God has a download limit. I’m only a clone and I have no download limit. But it’s just not excusable that God can’t spell. But seriously, I’ve had SO many problems with MIE I can’t even tell you. This over ten years worth. I decided to try Chrome out of desperation. Didn’t care for it much at first but it was really smooth and fast. And then….OMG, I decided to really get into it and personalize it. Okay, that worked really great! But still, I wasn’t yet used to it. Over a few days or so though, I realized it’s magnificence. It’s intuitive, fast, convenient, and make my computer seem like brand new! What a rush! I’m totally in and convinced. Google has done it! And, it gets better from here!

  12. Erm… sorry but this at this time and day is a stupid idea! there are areas where the only internet you can get there has a “Fair Usage Policy” what if you use your computer a lot and do a lot of work ? your gonna use up your download limit then your internet is going to be painfully slow untill end of the week/month when it resets the limit leaving you with really slow access to all your files…maybe they should wait untill you can get Unlimited broadband everywhere… I also dont agree with the safety of our files being stored somewhere else in the world other than our own home, you have no controll over their servers they are keeping your data. what if it was to go down ? or what if once they get as many users as Microsoft or Mac (probably unlikely but possible) they then turn round and cut off access saying they now want a monthly fee for using their servers ?…your screwed your gonna have to pay atleast once to get back on and download your files back if you didnt like the idea of a monthly fee. they may never ask for a penny but still once they get the market and enough users who are DEPENDANT on their service, nothing is stopping them from trying to make it a big profit.

  13. I could see how the average user might find doing almost everything online attractive but for anyone running a business or doing things like editing HD video such as myself I will stick to my 6 TB of hard drives and use external drives and the net as a backup. The last thing I need is to have to use software only available online.

  14. An OS based on Linux that I can run my existing software on? Sorry, but I have to raise an eyebrow at that. Not one of the many Linux based OS’s have managed to crack that problem so far, so I have to wonder whether that’s Google blowing hot air.

    Plus, the idea that saving all my personal data online will be safe is pure nonsense. Servers crash all the time. Companies go out of business or get bought and sold. Services get taken away when they prove not to be as profitable as the company thought.

    Then there’s this: were I to go for it, what guarantee would there be that my data wouldn’t be sold for a quick profit? Google saying “we promise, really and truly”?

    Yeah. Right.

  15. Bring it on! Chrome works perfectly, and gOS, the Google-flavored Ubuntu distribution that came out a couple of years ago, is very comfortable to use. Using a linux kernel makes perfect sense. Of course, folks who aren’t smart enough to use Chrome, Linux, or Open Office will have a problem with anything. Remote storage is dependent on infrastructure for access but not for security, so beef up your connection.

    I’m real tired of “it’s not what I’m used to, so it can’t be any good.” That’s Republican thinking, and that’s an oxymoron.

  16. I would give this OS a try on an extra Netbook or something to that extent but couldn’t see myself adopting it entirely. I just gave Opera and Chrome a try and am right back to Firefox. Chrome was disappointing considering the hype I’ve read.

    Windows and Mac operating systems will beat this out until the entire computing world can access true high speed internet. I’m on a commercial satellite connection that is very dependable but subject to weather, why would I take the risk of storing anything online?

    Still, it’s good to see Google giving it a go.

  17. Yea right! lol With all the banks and everything else being hacked, I’ll be sure to save all my data on the web, NOT! I’ve got around 4 TB of diskspace over here and doubt I’ll run out in the near future.

  18. Hmmm Well I’ve been in home cumputing for a long time watched machines go from lights and switches (emsi) to what we have today. I simply keep my operating system seprate for any of my data (partitions are wonderful) and iI don’t see a need for a web based storage system(super redundant and slow)–but will watch and see
    Bruce

  19. I’m mostly concerned about accessibility. I’m a blind user of the Web and I tried out Google Chrome once. I promptly uninstalled it because my screen reader didn’t know what to do with its minimalist design. Web applications also tend to be unfriendly to screen readers. OpenOffice isn’t usable, and neither are some of Google’s applications, like their health app. So I’m thinking I’ll stick to Windows until I have solid proof that Google’s design will work for me. It’ll take partnership with the screen reader companies to accomplish this.

  20. If it is going to be based on the Linux platform, there will be issues for all those that do more than just roam the web and send emails. Yes there are good programs along with OpenOffice that also works very well, on windows too.

    I love the free O/S’s out there, and have a Ubuntu and Fedora 11 setup as this is written. XP on everything except the Laptop. W7 RC1 as an option on another.

    What I’ve noticed is the inability to locate versions of popular games and softwares that can be used on the platform. Very few Linux versions of anything, and when it does do something, you can’t tell what it is because it has some silly or indistinguishable name.

    There is still a lot of console based activity required by the user which with exclude the novices and fearful from being able to do a lot of things.

    And finally, being reliant on somebody else’s server to store my data, when terabyte hard drives, both internal and external are available, sounds a little insecure to me. My old work server was shocking, slow and not always available, why will google be any different, freely anyway.

    Someone is in it for the money.

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