I support every company that is trying to compete with microsoft!
It’s true, who knows what would’ve replaced M$
I will check it, when it’s out.
If it will be anything as mediocre as Chrome as browser I will pass, thanks.
Well… The Chrome browser IS the fastest browser on earth.
Yeah, on some(!) tests while in real life there is no difference. And even if it was faster its still so much behind Firefox there is not a single reason to use it.
I fear this wil be another Internet-centric OS of which people who actually make something more than surfing (and buying stuff online, of course) do not feel the urge
Do not feel the urge to do what? Seems like you left your
Anyway they say it’s going to be web-centric. Kinda their selling point really.
“The company says the forthcoming Google Chrome OS will revolutionize how computers operate, putting more emphasis on Web functionality”
“I fear this wil be another Internet-centric OS of which people who actually make something more than surfing (and buying stuff online, of course) do not feel the urge”.
I mean: personally, I use the PC for Internet, ok, but also for making music. What should I do with a “web-centric” OS? make collaborative music? automatically publish my songs on “Google Music”? Is there really a need for an entire new OS which does this? Will I be able to load my VST instruments into it?
Well, let’s wait, but I think this is not going to be an OS for me, which is basically what I was saying in my previous post…
this is just a standard marketing statement. when they will let us see something I could maybe be impressed.
Nor me and I doubt anybody who wants to do anything other than web-browsing and basic office tasks such as word processing. I don’t think they are trying to aim it at (music) professionals or anything like that. If they perform on their promises it could be the perfect OS for the likes of library computers and maybe netbooks if you don’t want to do anything adventurous.
There are users who spends most of their time in web browser. They are usual consumers, not workstations users and they aren’t really aware of technical side of things. Just to be able to click into some web services is all what they need. Accidentally Google is provider of such web apps, it was only logical to provide own platform to access them too.
Google OS isn’t really targeted at people like us.
Actually I saw benchmarks a while back that placed Opera significantly faster than every browser out there… and Chrome was placed slower than Firefox.
Chrome OS will obviously be targeted primarily at those wanting quick access to the Internet, without all the offline bells and whistles that a resource hogging OS like Windows offers. The trend in netbooks is a great indication that more and more people are starting to use their computers for these purposes. For most people, there’s not much use in an EEE except web browsing and word processing, really. Google stated that they started developing this OS for netbooks, and it took off from there.
What interests me is the prospect that they’re releasing an SDK for google apps. What this means is that you’ll be able to write applications using google’s web technology, and EVERYONE on ANY operating system (including Chrome OS) with internet access and a standards compliant browser will be able to run them. Chrome OS will simply (presumably) be the free, most efficient way to run them.
An interesting thing of note: Google has already kinda had their own OS coming together for a while now… they’ve got their own distributed file system called Google File System, they’ve got their own noSql database format called BigTable which sports speeds dramatically faster than a standard RDBMS, and sits atop GFS… both of which your homebrew google applications will be stored on, and make use of.
When you couple this with their web application platform, it becomes clear that they’ve been running Google Cloud OS longer than any of us realized. They’re just packaging it marketingwise with a shiny browser based OS and an SDK.
But yes, I digress… the SDK and the access to their application cloud is where the real meat of this announcement is.
Quick! get to work on a port for renoise!
I agree, as long as it runs renoise who cares about the details…
Introducing the Google Chrome OS
7/07/2009 09:37:00 PM
It’s been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly. We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.
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. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.
Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform.
Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. 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. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.
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. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet.
We have a lot of work to do, and we’re definitely going to need a lot of help from the open source community to accomplish this vision. We’re excited for what’s to come and we hope you are too. Stay tuned for more updates in the fall and have a great summer.
Posted by Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management and Linus Upson, Engineering Director
I’m curious how they will allot space & speed to the users of the OS. I could imagine 3d modeling/rendering (sketchup) & video editting on their systems, could really be a plus while using a netbook.
on top of all of this, they could have tabs, which would translate to multiple desktops, each running there own processes, able to freeze the processes being unused, freeing up the system to only what you see, unless noted to run in background.
then on top of everything, they can get rid of file formats by creating 1 expandable format for everything, and use the server side to differenciate between what the file is, place the type of file in a common location according to data if you need to locate it by hand and even ask you how or what you wish to do with the data being requested.
I really think they are gearing up for:
“Computer, play. Star Trek TNG, episode one.”
Chrome OS is pretty much the Chrome browser on top of a Linux kernel, as others have said, and isn’t geared toward heavy duty music-makers. But I think things like 3D are in the vision of the Google guys, because they’ve been working on ways to make 3D work better in browsers and over the Internet (O3D, etc.).