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Google Chrome OS is a free open source, lightweight operating system designed and optimized for web use.

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Pros

Free

15 agree

very fast to boot

13 agree

Open source

13 agree

Optimized OS for netbooks

9 agree

being worked on by many big companies - Acer, Asus, HP, Adobe, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, etc...

8 agree

designed with security in mind - all user data is encrypted

7 agree

will bring the cost of netbooks down for people who really just browse the web and nothing else

6 agree

based on Linux kernel - x86, ARM compatible, others?

5 agree

will hopefully bring about ARM-based smartbooks

4 agree

pulls in your settings and themes from the cloud

3 agree

built with the user in mind

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automatic software updates - planned for pushes every couple weeks

3 agree

Brings the app (and app store) paradigm to the netbook

3 agree

designed with some offline use in mind - eg/ Google Docs will be usable in an offline mode

3 agree

supports multiple users and guests

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Refined

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Cloud-based

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Simple

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Continually improving

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Ninja's choice

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Cons

web-based applications and focus on netbooks means it probably won't be a very powerful OS, not comparable or likely to eventually replace others (Windows, OSX, Linux etc...)

8 agree

requires specific reference hardware - will be pre-installed on Google approved hardware only

7 agree

requires a connection to the internet for use of many applications, access to content

6 agree

not an operating system at all - just a souped up Chrome browser (running on a vanilla Debian-based Linux OS)

5 agree

requires users to sign into their google accounts for access to the OS

4 agree

Potential issues with internal competition with Android

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speed of the device relies heavily on the speed of your internet connection - eg/ will run slowly with a shoddy connection

3 agree

all apps are google web apps - welcome to the cloud, where your apps and personal content are entirely owned by Google

1 agrees

is taking its sweet time to materialize (now over a year since its inception there are no user devices)

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Google Chrome OS is a free open source, lightweight operating system designed and optimized for web use, and will mainly be targetted to netbooks. Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 and ARM processors and is planned to be included in a number of OEM netbooks in 2009-2010. It is a separate project from Android, however there are areas where to the two operating systems overlap.

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Omar
11/19/2009 04:18

I've tried light-weight 'cloud' computing before with the initial Eee Xandros operating system, and then tried Ubuntu... ultimately went back to XP. It felt like coming home.

I'm not saying that Windows is the be-all and end-all, but between Windows and OSX I don't really see what Chrome OS offers. And I'm saying this as a HUGE fan of the Chrome browser.

1. Speed - do people REALLY care if their computer boots up in 7 seconds versus 30? Considering people have their computer on for hours at a time, utility is marginal. Though in those rare cases where you just want to check something quickly it's useful.

2. Security - with Windows 7, Linux and OSX I don't feel like modern operating systems have much of a security issue. At this point in time the biggest security threats are fishing scams through e-mail, twitter and Facebook. Nothing to do with the OS.

3. Cost - it is free. I think most people don't really consider the cost of an OS as it's "hidden" when they buy a new computer. Which is obviously why Google is going to have computer partners.

As it currently stands, and how I understand the OS making it entirely web/cloud based is too much. Sure most of the time we use our browsers for productivity and such, and I'm a very heavy user of cloud apps. However, when you want to do basic things like watch a movie... you need a local media player. It looks like they have a local photoviewer, but I haven't seen a native video player yet. In general they're going to need to solve the media issue, which may be likely.

I mean Netbooks are about the Internet, productivity, and media. Internet is obviously covered. To cover the other two they're going to need offline versions of Google Docs, and an offline version of a media player.

And then there's things like sharing files etc...

By the end of 2010 which is their scheduled launch date, you're going to be able to get extremely powerful netbooks for under $300 that come with Windows 7 and work absolutely great. If Apple comes out with a low-cost netbook that'll be sweet as well. I just don't know why anyone would limit themselves so fundamentally from an application perspective, just to gain some slight performance (maybe).

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