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Gmail creator: Chrome OS is as good as dead

By Emil
Dec 15, 2010
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  1. Former Google employee, Gmail creator, and FriendFeed founder Paul Buchheit has come right out and said what many people are thinking (or hoping for). On his FriendFeed page, Buchheit made a post titled "Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or "merged" with Android)." In it, he bluntly says that Google's netbook-centric Chrome OS is as good as dead.

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    Buchheit, his words are so simple and to the point~ I completely agree with his statement.
     
  3. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 595   +52

    Yeah, I really don't see the point of Chrome OS. I would NEVER see myself using it other than to play with it. The concept of the OS being the browser is a frighteningly limiting and confining idea fit for only those who don't know to use a computer.
     
  4. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Question:
    What else other than using a browser or throwing its integrated graphics at the wall can you do with a netbook? It has a niche, at least admit that. :)
     
  5. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

    My friend plays video games on his netbook.
     
  6. n00bzZy

    n00bzZy TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    An OS designed for them 80 year old grandparents who hardly even know what a "browser" or an "OS" are. All they do is use favorites anyway, well done Google!
     
  7. I believe that Chrome OS also forces you to keep all of your data online only. If this is true, I could never accept that. I need the ability to back up my own data and store it on a media of my choosing. Can there really be a 100% guarantee that online data is save and never be compromised? Also some small businesses use a closed network offline to conduct business, how can Chrome OS work for them?
     
  8. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123


    *jealous* I couldn't squeeze more than 8 fps out of 7 year old game on lowest settings with my thing. Amazingly WoW played at 20 on it *confused*.
     
  9. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Of course you can plug a USB drive or SD card and store everything there. No internal hard disk though :\
     
  10. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 914   +389

    I don't like the idea of "everything" being on the cloud.
    Ok, try this one...lets say windows, apple etc...go to a cloud only OS.
    For one, it would probably cut the piracy quite a bit, but, say you have all your
    files stored on the "cloud". Then who's to say that the vendor, doesn't change the TOS,
    and holds your files hostage until you pay up for the next "upgrade"?
     
  11. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +174

    I can just see how chrome Os is going to be the best thing EVAR for dialup users...
    Did anyone mention how disgusting and cheap the first notebook with this "OS" looks?

    Seriously just beef up android and drop this dumb browser-os thing.
     
  12. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    I'm pretty sure that your data is not only stored online. If it was, there would be now way to use the computer off line. The laptop has a built in SSD for storing the OS and other files.
     
  13. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Chrome OS = Google Wave.


    /thread.
     
  14. **** wad ballb...ag
     
  15. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Google should have let Apple release something like this first, then it could have had a chance. Stick with Android that's the future.
     
  16. The competition is hard... It will be more for Chrome OS.
     
  17. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Newsflash! Samsung and Asus (if i'm not mistaken about the last one) aren't releasing anything until Q1. The thing you saw is a CR48, which google ships to developers and enthusiasts in the US after filling out a form. Pardon them for a review-purpose free netbook not having dah shiniez!
     
  18. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,514   +504

    I would be happy when this happens.

    This is a ticking time bomb for most users this is oriented, that I would actually be sad if it hits and people start praising it.
     
  19. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    It doesn't look cheap, it looks professional. How would you like it to look? It is a review sample....
     
  20. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Put an Apple logo on it and they will
     
  21. The sooner it dies off the better.

    Google needs to concentrate on Andriod and world domination.
     
  22. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    For that one single reason alone, Chrome have no future, beyond some basic functions on netbooks. On the contrary, I think his point of view about developing Android make lots of technical and financial sense, which incidentally, Eric' seems to lack when he was putting it out for the public.
     
  23. Romasito

    Romasito TS Rookie

    It is not even an OS I think.. Google just would like to see it BIGGER than a simple browser wannabe OS.
     
  24. Once upon a time, OSs were numerous.
    (sometimes different os from the same vendor)

    4 years ago, who remains (mainstream, I won't count amigaos and the like)
    -> win, nux, mac, and some nix falvors on servers.


    New devices arrived, new OSs arrive by dozen.
    Future will tell who survive.



    What I fear the most, is the tendancy to have a "pay for anything" OS.
    (pay for any stupid applet that already exists free for PC platform)

    If Stallman was dead, he'd wake up from is tomb ...


    Ican only hop for better days, and better standards, and the come back of freedom on my devices.
     
  25. luisespinal

    luisespinal TS Rookie

    We don't need internal HD that much these days anymore ;)
     

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