If you haven't heard the rumors (press releases), Google plans to release it's own OS by the end of 2010, according to the news it's going to be aimed at smaller devices (laptops/pdas etc.) and is going to be focussed on web-based functionality including the ability for people to write plugins (it was compared to facebook here) for it so they could customise it.
Just curious as to who thinks they'll be using it instead of their current OS and whether you think it'll be a worthy rival to Windows or mainstream Linux distros?
I'm already a Linux user (Ubuntu) and a bit of an enthusiast when it comes to trying out new operating systems. I think Chrome OS will be free and it's definitely gonna be based on Linux from what I know. So I'm definitely gonna try it out and if it can provide a similar feature set as Ubuntu, and compatibility with Ubuntu packages and all that wrapped in a nice new interface, it could even become a primary OS.
But it's all too early to tell at this point.
I feel in the initial phase of launch and for many months it will be the finest target for the hacker community. I don't wanna be bait. Would prefer sticking with my current OSs till the chrome is virtually bug-free.
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Quite true masuu. Chrome OS is a shot at the netbook market where Microsoft isn't as strong and Linux has a pretty good presence. It's quite possible at this point that Google and Linux will completely dominate netbooks once Windows XP finally runs out of juice.
And Windows 7 on netbooks doesn't really seem like a good proposition. It's too big.
Well when it comes to Chrome Google will have an extremely hard time closing down the market the way Microsoft did. Software that runs on Chrome is software that runs everywhere where you have a web browser so vendor lock in is practically impossible.
There already is an alternative to Chrome OS before it was even officially released. It's called Jolicloud: Jolicloud Unlike Chrome it can run offline applications while still providing nice way of running onling (cloud) applications.
Also, Chrome OS is actually a Linux based OS and Linux is Free Open Source Software meaning you can share and copy it as you please as well as get the source code and modify it or compile yourself (if that's what you wanna do).
It's a whole different world. The only thing that keeps Google as powerful as it is today isn't so much technical lock ins, but culture. You can switch to Yahoo in an instant yet sheer habit keeps you on Google.com. That doesn't change the fact that you CAN switch in an instant and that if everybody did so, Google's power would dwindle like crazy.