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Google’s Chrome OS
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Google Chrome OS is a forthcoming Linux-based, open source operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications. First announced on July 7, 2009, Chrome OS will be publicly available as a stable release by the northern hemisphere “late fall” of 2010 according to Google
I was reading an article on Ostatic You can find it at: http://ostatic.com/blog/googles-extreme-focus-on-the-cloud-could-be-chrome-os-achilles-heel
Some part of it are:
When Google announced Chrome OS last year, it got an overwhelming level of hype, especially because the open source operating system is a follow-up to Google’s ultra-successful Android mobile OS. After quite a long wait, though, Chrome OS-based netbooks still haven’t arrived. The wait has been so long, in fact, that netbook sales are in decline—especially as they are perceived to compete more and more closely with tablets like Apple’s iPad. When Google announced Chrome OS, netbooks were selling like wildfire. But the real problem that Chrome OS may have has to do with Google’s huge bet on cloud computing. Has Google guessed wrong?
To me: Yes, they guessed wrong, at least if the they are pointing to masses, if they only want a small niche of the market, then yes they did a good guess.
People habits are hard to change, and the majority of us feel more comfortable, running apps locally, and saving data locally as well.
A huge part of Google’s bet with Chrome OS is that users will transition heavily toward cloud-based applications. These apps are already on the rise, but many observers question whether people are confident enough to rely entirely on cloud-based applications, and cloud storage. Make no mistake, Chrome OS is structured to force you to use data and apps that reside in the cloud.
But part of the reason desktop apps are still dominant is because people are familiar with them and how to keep their data secure with them.
Here the author is right again, but, you really might expect that for the majority of users the fact is that: Their data is more secure in the cloud than with themselves.
Just compare how may people with no backups losses their laptops everyday, and how many of them losses their data stored in the cloud. Actually a lot of people can recover some data from their gmail account when the lost their laptops, or suffer a disk break.
Also consider that with computers becoming everyday more and more power and inexpensive at the same time, why would you need to have your apps on the cloud?. Specially considering that broadband access to the cloud while on the move is not really cheap yet.
I might have it installed on my system as a dual boot, to use it for example, when I just want to read my email, update my blogs, or my social network accounts.
Some day in the future this (the Chrome OS way) could be the way to go, but maybe not yet. Google anyway has the stamina to support the project until it becomes a standard.
Let’s see what is going to happen, what do you think?