There’s a really good article on TechCAKE on how Google Chrome OS is regarded from different perspectives. To make it short: people will love it. But for different reasons. According to the article Google’s main goal is (of course) to control the cloud and make lots of money. Geeks will love it for a reason I didn’t think of before: there will be tons of apps. Continue reading “Why geeks will love Chrome OS”
The makers of Chrome OS screenshots in the past weeks obviously gained imitators. I found another set of likely-fake screenshots on engadget.com. This time the authenticity is confirmed by a “genuine” Google Development Team sticker. The operating system is Google Chrome OS Alpha 1.01 and it looks like the Chrome browser with some extra tabs like “System” and “Recent Apps”. One thing I’m missing one these screenshots is the possibillity to actually start another program. Continue reading “More screenshots of Chrome OS”
The Google Operating System Blog publishes a list of features that users wish to be included in Chrome OS. As I do too, users emphasize the importance of offline features in order to have an adequate operating system. It is supposed to be fast regarding the boot-up process and while working with it. Besides, the users want it to run Windows applications, which is a rather difficult task to be confronted with, as it will be running a linux kernel. Using a virtual machine environment or WINE, however, even this is technically possible. I hope they have a built-in disk encryption, too.
The blogger community DownloadSquad shows first screenshots of Chrome OS on their website. The pictures are supposed to show the Alpha-version 0.2.5. They show the desktop and a “Google Browser 3.5 Beta”. In my opinion, it’s clearly a fake, but see it yourself. Continue reading “Screenshots of Chrome OS appeared”
Raj Mallempati, VMware group product manager, confirmed that VMware will be capable of virtualizing Chrome OS as soon as it is released by Google. Due to the fact that Chrome OS is based on a linux kernel, it is most likely that many virtualization machines will support it as a guest system. This will make it a lot easier for developers to test it and gather experience with their own software on it.
Bill Gates speaks about Google Chrome OS in an interview with CNET news. For him it looks like yet another linux distribution and doesn’t scare him at all. He also compares it to the other Google OS, Android, by saying: “I mean, you’ve got Android running on Netbooks. It’s got a browser in it.” I think, he’s right in this point. Without some really cool offline features and extended functions besides a browser, Chrome OS would be nothing more than another Android. Continue reading “Bill Gates on Chrome OS”
Only one day after the official announcement of Google’s new operating system Chrome OS the company discloses its industry partners. In a short FAQ article Google reveals their cooperation with the following companies (among others): Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. I’m sure you aren’t surprised there are many netbook manufacturers among them, as Chrome OS is designed to run on low-performance machines. Continue reading “Chrome OS industry partners revealed”
Today, Google announced an operating system called Chrome OS. It is supposed to be available for customers in the second half of 2010. Like the Chrome browser, Chrome OS is designed to be be lightweight, minimalistic, fast, and simple to use. The system is targeted to run on low-preformance machines like netbooks and is based on a linux kernel and the Chrome web browser. Continue reading “Google announces Chrome OS”