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Old 07-07-2009, 11:54 PM
Google Plans to Introduce a PC Operating System

(from The New York Times)
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Google Plans to Introduce a PC Operating System
By MIGUEL HELFT and ASHLEE VANCE

SAN FRANCISCO — In a direct challenge to Microsoft, Google is expected to announce on Wednesday that it is developing an operating system for a personal computer based on its Chrome browser, according to two people briefed on Google’s plans.

The details of the technology could not be learned, but Google plans to make the announcement on a company blog on Wednesday afternoon, this person said.

Google did not immediately return calls and e-mail messages seeking comment.

The move would sharpen the already intense competition between Google and Microsoft, whose Windows operating system controls the basic functions of the vast majority of personal computers.

Google could well be hoping to capitalize on the rise of netbooks, the compact, low-cost computers that have turned the PC world on its head.

Google already has already developed an operating system called Android, that is used for mobile phones. The software is also being built into lightweight PCs called netbooks by several manufacturers.

Google has not encouraged netbook makers to use Android as an operating system, and the Chrome-based operating system appears to be the company’s preferred software for operating netbooks.

Google has also long promoted a vision of computing in which applications delivered over the Web play an increasingly central role, replacing software programs that run on the desktop. In that world, applications run directly inside an Internet browser, rather than atop an operating system, the traditional software that controls most of the operations of a PC.

Last year, the company released the Chrome browser, which it described as a tool for users to interact with increasingly powerful Web programs, like Gmail, Google Docs and online applications created by other companies. Since then, Google has been adding capabilities to Chrome, like the ability to allow it to run applications even when a user is not connected to the Internet.

It is not clear how much work it would take for Google to turn Chrome into the central part of a full fledged operating system. But in a recent interview, Marc Andreessen, who developed the first commercial browser and co-founded Netscape, compared Chrome into an operating system

“Chrome is basically a modern operating system,” Mr. Andreessen said.

Google has also long customized a version of the Linux operating system for use internally.

The rise of netbooks has started to challenge some of Microsoft’s dominance in personal computing software. The first wave of netbooks relied on various versions of the open-source Linux operating system, and major PC makers like Hewlett-Packard and Dell have backed the Linux software.

In an unusual move, Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, has worked on developing a Linux-based operating system called Moblin as well.

The company has aimed the software at netbooks and smart phones in a bid to spur interest for its mobile device chip sold under the Atom brand.

To combat these efforts, Microsoft began offering its older Windows XP operating system for use on netbooks at a low price. In addition, the company has vowed that is upcoming Windows 7 software, due out this fall, will run well on the tiny laptops.

Netbooks have stood out as the brightest part of the PC market during the global economic downturn. Overall, PC sales have plummeted, while netbooks sales have surged.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:03 AM
Good thing I took all of those Microsoft classes for my Microsoft certifications! YAY! Now I have to cert in google and moblin as well! Yay for more crap for me to have to test on!

I hate computers. I am really good at working on them and networking them so it is what I have to do. Wish I was better at something else.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:07 AM
Geez. Do we really need another one?
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:17 AM
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Geez. Do we really need another one?
Why not? It'll help prevent monopolism.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:48 AM
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Why not? It'll help prevent monopolism.
I don't think there was much of a threat of monopoly. With as many Mac users as there are and with as many guys who were using open source stuff, Windows was not nearly the sole available product. But yes, it will at least put the threat of monopoly away for a long, long time.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:48 AM
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I don't think there was much of a threat of monopoly. With as many Mac users as there are and with as many guys who were using open source stuff, Windows was not nearly the sole available product. But yes, it will at least put the threat of monopoly away for a long, long time.
By the way, does anyone actually use Chrome? I have both Chrome and Firefox, but have yet to transition my daily browsing to anything other than IE.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:55 AM
I tried out Chrome when it was first released, and it's a solid browser, but I just can't bear to part with my beloved FF extensions.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:30 PM
Linux-based... so it'll likely suck for games. That's the main reason I have yet to move over to using Linux so hopefully they'll sort that out.

I've been switching to free/open source software and would like to add an OS to the list but until there's one that handles games properly I'll be sticking with XP.

I have yet to try Chrome, gotten so used to Firefox over the last 4+ years and don't see the need to install another browser.

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Old 07-08-2009, 12:42 PM
I tried Chrome but I'm just too used to Firefox by now. I know it's silly but I hated the button placement on Chrome.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:51 PM
As the slave I am, I'll just end up updating from Vista to 7 in October.
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:21 PM
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I don't think there was much of a threat of monopoly. With as many Mac users as there are and with as many guys who were using open source stuff, Windows was not nearly the sole available product. But yes, it will at least put the threat of monopoly away for a long, long time.
PC and linksys to a lesser extent dominate the business sector. Mac is still only a small minority of computer out there. If Google does not get an exclusive agreement with someone like Dell or HP, they will never be a major player.
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:14 PM
Ballsy move. I've tried Chrome and didn't like it at all. It's crashed at least once every time I've used it (on different computers no less).

As far as OS go, I love my Mac, so I'll be sticking with that.
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