Google today unveiled more details of Chrome OS, a lightweight, browser-based operating system for netbooks.
With a strong focus on speed, the Chrome OS promises nearly instant boot times of about 7 seconds for users to login to their computers.
"We want Google Chrome OS to be blazingly fast ... to boot up like a TV," said Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management for Google ...... Chrome OS netbooks will not have traditional hard disk drives -- they will rely on non-volatile flash memory and Internet-based storage for saving all of your data.
All the applications will be web-based, meaning users won't have to install apps, manage updates or even backup their data. All data will be stored in the cloud, and users won't even have to bother with anti-virus software: Google claims it will monitor code to prevent malicious activity in Chrome OS web apps.
Internet-based? No thank you. What happens if your internet goes down or you are in an area with no wireless internet? (or no 3G area?)
Google claims it will monitor code to prevent malicious activity in Chrome OS web apps.
Hmmmmm, they are going to try and prevent malicious activity. Let's see: I believe the U.S. government occasionally gets hit with malicious activity, I think web sites have been hacked now and then, airline traffic hits some bumps in the road.
I think I am with John. I'll install my own apps and go on my merry independent way. . .
Oh yes, I know the government is just waiting to get their hands on all my information and secrets. Heh, heh, heh, so I'll just bundle it all up in a neat package and make it much easier for them to track.
Well, I know they can do that already, but we might as well put all our eggs in Google basket together to save them a little more time.
Not that Google doesn't know when I phardt, belch, and take a whiz now anyway
I've been on the FBI list ever since we were fingerprinted during WWII in elementary school and then was investigated as a WAVE for security clearances as a Radioman. Guess they've had my number . . . . .
Are you saying this OS should be called Google Rust ?
I'm like the rest of you -I want the program ON the computer... we had remote applications 30 years ago with "dumb terminals"... so we're going backwards ?
I can see it being used by the non-tech people who only surf the net a little, do a few pieces of email, and type a few documents occasionally**... but a serious daily user - nope ! ** but isn't that's what AOL is for ?
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I think you all kind of miss the point. Chrome OS is going to be fantastic, and you'll use it a lot more than you think. I don't think it will be a primary OS, not until we all have gigabit net connections at least.
My PC has a similar feature called express gate, where instead of booting into windows you boot into a small linux shell that has a browser, skype, IM client and picture viewer. Literally if your computer is off, you're on the internet in less than 10 seconds. It's not the reason I bought the particular motherboard, and thought it would be an annoyance but I find it's quite useful.
Your computer is off, but you see someone on TV, need to jump on IMDB and see where you've seen them before? A few seconds away. Need a quick recipe? A few seconds away. Need to IM someone? Same thing.
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I can see it being used by the non-tech people who only surf the net a little, do a few pieces of email, and type a few documents occasionally**... but a serious daily user -nope
Yep, with the current internet speeds it's a long way away from doing any heavy lifting. And considering most ISP's cap upload speeds to a fraction of download speeds it's even farther away.
I can see it for the casual user, and for business use and office apps, but definitely no power users. But then again those categories are a lot more people than power users.
Supposedly you wouldn't have to worry about a backup system. I figure they're probably using more than TimeMachine to backup, but I still would want my stuff in my hands, I don't trust it only in one place. I want to decide how long I want to use a version of an app too. Sometimes newer isn't always better.
Anyone interested here's a pretty good, maybe a little corny, explanation of what Chrome is. Other good links explaining more detail if you go to the actual youtube page.
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