Chrome OS: Revolutionary?

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009


Evolution is an on-going process by definition and sometimes we notice some signs that times are changing, that we are approaching a new step. To me, Chrome OS and Opera Unite seem two interesting projects moving in the right direction to evolve our internet experience and push it forward.
This article is related to Opera Unite: Your computer will be a server.

Ok, this is not a news in a conventional meaning as many of you may have already heard of this project, but I couldn’t miss the chance to talk about it even if I’m a few weeks late.
Let me introduce you Google Chrome OS, not to be misunderstood with the browser, we’re rather talking about a complete Operative System.

Google Chrome OS

It’s a brave move from Google to enter a market where Microsoft and Apple are leading since ages and where Linux have a strong community in developers or geeks.
However they obviously took this into account and they propose a valid alternative to the known reality. They actually offer a new way of thinking other then a new set of programs. Chrome OS is a system that should operate completely online. Infact, it’s thought for those who are always connected and in the first period will be available only for laptops.

Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems.(…)

At Google they claim it will be extremely fast. This a key factor as it’s something we’re always looking for.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of having cutting edge components to ensure speed and stability, but with the new system Chrome tries to ensure something that many Windows users wish: it should be fast and stay fast.

We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them(…)

Yes, that would be nice.

It should be made possible also because this OS is expected to run mostly online applications. If we match this with the fact that it will be build on top of Linux architecture we have a great chance that it will generate endless possibilities. This project will be open to the open-source community and I expect it to become one of the main interest of devolepers around the globe. They will be able to implement it and create new applications. We know this is a successful strategybecause we saw how big Linux grew and how the iphone applications are booming in this period. Moreover you have always to trust the Web, when you give users the power if the material is good you never know what to expect, they usually go beyond thought possibilities finding new purposes.

My personal opinion (personal, let me stress it) is that the brand new way of re-thinking Operative Systems adapting them to the new era is a possible win. I hope so.
Meanwhile Microsoft keeps adding whistle and bells to Windows updating the version number but not really changing things. It’s also strange to me to see the world going for portable devices, mobiles playing as a computer, wireless connections always more present and see Microsoft creating a system that requires 4 giga of ram just to boot.
Chrome’s approach definetely sounds logic to me.
How you feel About this new OS? Revolutionary or not?

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Comments   11rss

    1. Comment by arthritistreatment_boy

      September 3, 2009 @ 7:22 am

      with the release of Google Chrome and Microsoft Bing search engine, one would expect that there would be a very stiff competition between Google and Microsoft.

    2. Comment by Acnelady

      September 8, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

      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.

    3. Comment by Michel (admin)

      September 9, 2009 @ 6:24 am

      @Acnelady, I think that being based on Linux it’s one of main strenght cuz it’s a known and tested architecture. It’s better this way then if they tried something completely new in a field where they don’t have much experience.

      About competing with Windows I think they really have a chance. At least for what concerns portable devices, which is the market they chose. But it’s also the market of the future. MS is still too tied to desktops. Although they did a step ahead with Windows Live Mesh, an interesting tool to sync all your digital devices.

    4. Comment by Pinoytech

      November 18, 2009 @ 8:45 am

      i tried Chrome OS and it is pretty much like a scaled down version of Ubuntu. Chrome is just based on Linux and there is nothing new about it.
      < ~ >

    5. Comment by Michel (admin)

      November 18, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

      I didnt have a chance to try it yet, but what sounds new about it to me is the whole concept of relying on web apps to work. that’s why it runs on laptops and you’re supposed to be always connected. It’s part of a big step ahead toward the next internet-generation, people with a different behaviour (technologically speaking) who have accepted cloud computing at a mainstream use and also cloud services like most of the webapps we already use now.

      But I haven’t tried it yet so I only know what has been pubblished and what you guys told me about it. I hope is something more then ubuntu (which is fine btw and I have it on my laptop.)

    6. Comment by Marc Henessy

      February 3, 2010 @ 7:48 am

      i installed Chrome OS on two of my netbooks. the Chrome OS works great and its loading time is very fast too.

    7. Comment by Holly Martin

      April 27, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

      I have tried using Chrome OS in one of my desktop PC’s, the overall performance is above average to excellent :

    8. Comment by Jordan Edwards

      August 11, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

      i still frequently use Google despite the appearance and popularity of the Bing search engine"-’

    9. Comment by Caroline Bryant

      August 12, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

      i have tested chrome os both at home and at work, it does not seem to be better than ubuntu~."

    10. Comment by Alexander Miller

      October 1, 2010 @ 5:09 am

      Chrome OS is at par with the current GUI release of Linux-"’

    11. Comment by Shower Pump 

      October 18, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

      Chrome OS is no better than those Linux Gui stuff that you can online,**