Gmail creator: Chrome OS is as good as dead

By on December 15, 2010, 1:08 PM
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.

"Yeah, I was thinking, 'is this too obvious to even state?', but then I see people taking ChromeOS seriously, and Google is even shipping devices for some reason," Buchheit writes. "Because ChromeOS has no purpose that isn't better served by Android (perhaps with a few mods to support a non-touch display)."

Last month, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had to differentiate Android and Chrome OS. He tried to explain why Google was working on a second operating system by saying that Android is tailored for mobile devices with touchscreens while Chrome OS is primarily designed around something with a keyboard (traditional computers such as PCs, netbooks, and laptops).

That may be true, but Android is already appearing on various non-touch devices. Separately, Android 3.0 (codenamed Honeycomb), which comes out next year, is supposed to feature tablet-specific improvements so the different types of devices we'll see it on will continue to grow.





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madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

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.

bakape said:

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.

Emil said:

bakape said:

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.

My friend plays video games on his netbook.

n00bzZy said:

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!

Guest said:

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?

bakape said:

Emil said:

bakape said:

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.

My friend plays video games on his netbook.

*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*.

bakape said:

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?

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

p51d007 said:

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"?

lipe123 said:

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.

Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Chrome OS = Google Wave.

/thread.

Guest said:

**** wad ballb...ag

aj_the_kidd said:

Google should have let Apple release something like this first, then it could have had a chance. Stick with Android that's the future.

Guest said:

The competition is hard... It will be more for Chrome OS.

bakape said:

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.

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!

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

yRaz yRaz said:

lipe123 said:

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.

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

aj_the_kidd said:

Kibaruk said:

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.

Put an Apple logo on it and they will

Guest said:

The sooner it dies off the better.

Google needs to concentrate on Andriod and world domination.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Emil said:

bakape said:

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.

My friend plays video games on his netbook.

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.

Romasito said:

It is not even an OS I think.. Google just would like to see it BIGGER than a simple browser wannabe OS.

Guest said:

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.

luisespinal said:

bakape said:

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?

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

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

Guest said:

I would never use such a thing. I wonder why did Google even come up with this online storage idea. It sounds/seems like a real noob OS.

madboyv1, you are a noob.

Guest said:

Let's say I have 1 or more older laptops that won't run Win 7, XP seems laggy, and I don't want to mess with Linux... can I put a stable version of Android on it? No, I don't believe so...(yet) Chrome OS could resurrect that old laptop and make it useful again for a casual user. Correct me if I'm wrong...

mkennedy823 said:

i think Chrome is hot. computers are becoming lamps & toasters, get used to it. data stored 'in the cloud' may be safer than data stored on a HD in your home.

Guest said:

If the 2 following conditions are met, I will buy a Chrome0S laptop:

1. It's cheap. $200-300 tops.

2. I can set it up to dual-boot with the Linux distro of my choice.

For me, the purpose of ChromeOS is to un-kill the netbook as we originally knew it. Small, cheap, no fans or moving parts, long battery life, no Windows tax. If that's what Google has in mind, sign me up.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

mkennedy823 said:

i think Chrome is hot. computers are becoming lamps & toasters, get used to it. data stored 'in the cloud' may be safer than data stored on a HD in your home.

And then when you need to access important info but your connection is down or your wifi card craps out, you won't be able to retrieve your info. Boy would that suck! The cloud is not perfect, and it has a lot of advantages, but I just don't trust putting all my info in a cloud, and using an OS that's only truly usable when connected to the internet.

Cota Cota said:

Chrome OS was a bad aidea since the start, people is willing to wait the 20 sec's boot time of windows OS, cus Windows freaking works great, like i said b4 "Only noobs worry about OS boot times, only noobs dont know ow to install software and only noobs acrew Windows OS" yeah you know it,top downloading porn.exe! >

bakape said:

Let's say I have 1 or more older laptops that won't run Win 7, XP seems laggy, and I don't want to mess with Linux... can I put a stable version of Android on it? No, I don't believe so...(yet) Chrome OS could resurrect that old laptop and make it useful again for a casual user. Correct me if I'm wrong...

I completely agree with the above. I must add the that the OS is much lighter on the thermal front. My netbook actually stays quiet after half an hour, unlike with XP or Gnome. LXDE is comparable, but still.

vals10 said:

n00bzzy said:

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!

vals10 said:

n00bzzy said:

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!

Pardon me! I'm 82 and I use a Chrome browser and I know what Chrome OS is and even Firefox and Linux. So be careful what you say about us seniors. ;-)

Guest said:

define "how to use a computer" in the context of your argument, (by your self if you can)

Guest said:

define "how to use a computer" in the context of your argument, (by your self if you can

Guest said:

You guys are all missing the point. Google has a HUGE vested interest in advancing the state of the art in internet technology ... and ChromeOS is the first effort in a long time to create a "browser as OS" model of computing. That idea was in vogue briefly in the late '90s, but lost steam for various reasons (mostly because the right standards didn't exist -- and HTML5 addresses that). Even if ChromeOS doesn't hit critical mass and gets killed, if it sparks growth in HTML5 application creation and maturity, it'll have served its purpose from Google's viewpoint, and have been worth the investment.

Google really doesn't mind putting out products that raise the water for everyone, even if they end up sinking their own boat. The water is still higher at the end.

superty12 superty12 said:

The company is dead if it doesn't stop trying to bump into places it doesn't belong. Like phones, operating systems, and others it will try in the future.

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