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    News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    The Internet giant has finally offered the world a look at its upcoming operating system, due out towards the end of next year.
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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    This really does sound like how Apple handles their OS.

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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    /me hits F11

    Oh look, I got ChromeOS!
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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Well that was a bit pathetic - a thin client with a web browser for all apps?

    Well thank god we finally have a competitor to splashtop kids!!!
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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Thoroughly disappointed, but the more I think about it, not surprised.

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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Love how they are understating their aims in not competing with Microsoft and Apple;
    "its not for the desktop".

    Can you hear the silent "...YET" ?

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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Actually, surely anyone with a fairly good understanding of Linux could take one of the very basic builds - i.e. one with the kernel and not a lot else, and then effectively build this themselves by installing chrome and subscribing to googledocs, then just set it up as a dual boot.

    Admittedly, "ChromeOS is secure against malware", but a properly setup Linux machine is hardly a sitting duck for viruses and the like...

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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Admittedly, "ChromeOS is secure against malware", but a properly setup Linux machine is hardly a sitting duck for viruses and the like...
    An out of the box Linux setup is hardly a sitting duck for viruses and the like... But it doesn't suffer fools gladly, either. I'm guessing this is the crowd Google is aiming at.
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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Quote Originally Posted by mikerr View Post
    Can you hear the silent "...YET" ?
    In the same way I don't have a 100mbit low-latency broadband connection "...YET"?
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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    The net connection is to be used for (web)app download, and syncing
    they have said it will run cached locally in the browser without a net connection...

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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Quote Originally Posted by mikerr View Post
    The net connection is to be used for (web)app download, and syncing
    they have said it will run cached locally in the browser without a net connection...
    Proof is in the pudding though isn't it? Google is all about online, all the time, and unfortunately that's an infrastructure problem more so than a programming one in the real world. I'm extremely skeptical that this has any real validity in a world where a fully blown desktop OS runs very well even on netbooks (and i'm not just referring to Windows) and does everything that this does (i.e. run a browser - woot!) plus a heck of a lot more. It's a heck of a long 'YET' if you ask me given their low aspirations for it even now and it's amusing too see the beeb picking up on it and calling it the first major competitor to Windows (linux and mac fans no doubt displeased) evaaaar - such is the power of "Google" in marketing these days.

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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Actually, surely anyone with a fairly good understanding of Linux could take one of the very basic builds - i.e. one with the kernel and not a lot else, and then effectively build this themselves by installing chrome and subscribing to googledocs, then just set it up as a dual boot.
    Or just download the open source Chromium OS and away you go.

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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Given the nature of this OS (i.e. very lightweight and mostly cloud based) presumably it won't need a lot of storage, or great storage performance - that would make the cost of equipping such a device with solid state storage a lot cheaper...

    I think they're missing a trick saying this is going to be for larger clamshell-style netbooks though, I reckon it would work very well on touch-enabled 7" tablet-like devices...

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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Or just download the open source Chromium OS and away you go.
    Obviously, I'm just saying that there's no need to wait "several months" for Chrome OS to come out and all be amazed at its awesomeness, people with the right skills could knock up a fairly accurate representation of it in about 3 hours.

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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    Given the nature of this OS (i.e. very lightweight and mostly cloud based) presumably it won't need a lot of storage, or great storage performance - that would make the cost of equipping such a device with solid state storage a lot cheaper...

    I think they're missing a trick saying this is going to be for larger clamshell-style netbooks though, I reckon it would work very well on touch-enabled 7" tablet-like devices...
    Depends how they want to tread with Android I guess.

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    Re: News - Google shows off Chrome OS

    ......but make no mistake; this was no launch, with Google execs predicting the official launch to be about a year away. Heck, even the public beta is months and months away.

    and can you download it already......

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/20/g...ware-download/
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