Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Google Chrome OS
Yesterday Google announced it's Google Chrome OS, the keypoints were:
Fast + Lightweight; Boot to Web in a "few" seconds.
Minimal interface, Web based user experience.
Users won't deal with viruses, malware, security updates.
Google Chrome in a Windowing System sitting on the Linux Kernel (is this going to be X based, or something radically new?)
CPUs: x86, ARM
From the BBC news website:
"One of Google's major goals is to take Microsoft out, to systematically destroy their hold on the market," (Rob Enderle, industry watcher and president of the Enderle Group).
My gripe is that Google is able to make an announcement that gets reported by the media as "Google is making a new OS". It is a little disingenuous if Google states it is their new OS, when in fact it's just another Linux based product. Perhaps it's down to branding; mentioning its a Google OS aligns it withe the Google brand, where as saying it's Google Chrome running on Linux makes it only appealing to geeks. Whatever happens, Google needs to let the public know that Linux is core to their success, be it supporting Chrome or in their data centres.
As it is, Linux once again is being used to shake things up. Looks like it's going to be an interesting next 18 months.
at Wednesday, July 08, 2009 Posted by Colin Ian King