Google previews its upcoming Chrome OS

By Justin ยท 19 replies
Nov 19, 2009
  1. Google offered a preview of its upcoming Chrome OS during an event today. Stressing its target audience, Google said it is building Chrome OS with web users in mind, and that it probably isn't going to be a replacement for Windows, OS X or Linux desktops. Instead, the search giant is trying to form a new niche.

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  2. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    wow, i wonder how start-up and shut-downs are, other then those unknows it looks like a really amazing netbook OS, simple yet stylish in design. For some reason it reminds me of a Mac in a browser. I trust google more than both Windows and Mac, lets see how this finishes up.
  3. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    vid makes it look good, but the person speaking was clearly reading from a script.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,287   +903

    I expected way much more, much much more than just a google chrome explorer with cloud-like system and bar tabbing than just tabs.

    I feel this somewhat like Mac with iPhones did, knowing everything you did from your iPhone. I'm starting to hate google!
  5. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Still can't get over the fact that all of the data/programs would be stored online. I assume you would have to pay extra for online storage? Even if not, I just personally prefer having direct control over my data and programs.

    I understand that this is not a replacing for the current major OS players. This is really just something different. But I don't think I'll be included in their target audience.
  6. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Sounds dissapointing already with the online storage stuff. What is Google trying to do? Try to make your private information searchable too? Scary stuff.
  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,672   +1,102

    This will be very good for smart phones and netbooks but i don't see anyone looking beyond that. It also needs a more features and i hope that hardware support (aka drivers) won't disappoint like it did with vista. Also what about games?
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,287   +903

    If you really think that will work on a 2, maybe 3" smartphone screen you really didn't see the preview video.
  9. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    I think if they can also make it optional to save online and instead save data straight to your netbook, that would be better.
  10. peas

    peas TS Enthusiast Posts: 52

    Remember folks... Chrome is an open "OS". Vendors will be free to customize it as they like, including where data is stored. There will be alot of innovation around Chrome OS.
  11. I was hoping the Chrome OS would have been a viable option against Windows OS. With many older computers becoming unable to run Windows 7 because of it's RAM limitations, You're gonna see a lot of them in the landfills as unviable machines. Linux for the masses is still not user friendly and with Chrome being a Linux-based OS a major player could have been seen as a User-Friendly Linux based OS.

    I would love to replace the many "Hacked" versions of Windows XP Pro that have come to me for repair with Chrome OS and was looking forward to seeing this OS come out, now I'm a bit disappointed at what it is being touted to be.
  12. Hi folks. I have a question. I admit I didn't watch the vid yet but it just occurred to me...what about anitivirus protection? I've read a bit about chrome but I don't recall seeing how the antivirus would work. I've ran the online scans before but there'd have to be a bit more than that to make chrome computers secure. Saying that, I'm definitely one who likes the separation of the net and "my stuff" but I wouldn't mind a netbook with chrome on it, solely for browsing away from home; for everything else, I'll keep my big ol' laptop with vista :).
  13. Hmmmm just watched the vid, now I have to ask...what about IM such as msn and yahoo? If you can't download them to your machine, how do you access them? I've used their respective webmessenger programs but those are no where near as good, so that can't be the answer.
  14. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    its a nice concept,utilizing cloud computing power. it is good for the weakest of computers.
  15. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    It's a nice thought, but it won't make a dent at all.
  16. Aolish

    Aolish TS Enthusiast Posts: 171

    this is the one thing that i'm really looking forward to. I have a PC on my network that my parents use that is extremely outdated. My father constantly complains about how slow it is. Despite me doing a full format and reinstall of the OS, the system still is a little slugglish. It takes eons to first load up firefox. I'm not sure why. Maybe firefox is just a little bloaty? The system is a P4 2.5ghz with only a measly 256mb of ram. I'm hoping Chrome OS will be a little slender and leaner then XP in the hopes of speeding things up on the aging pc.
  17. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Booster Posts: 104   +10

    Isn't Chrome OS based off Linux in the first place?
  18. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Booster Posts: 104   +10

    I installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic on a friend's Sempron 2800+ a few days back, it only has 512 MB Ram, runs fantastic. I can have Firefox going with video, skype running, and a word processor going, and yeah, it works just great. Firefox loads in about 2 seconds or so, and the computer starts up and shuts down fast too (shutdown is like 5 seconds). If your parents don't mind getting into ubuntu, it's worth a shot, especially if you are going to reformat in the future anyway.
  19. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    I thought it was released already, I guess what I saw was leaked releases of the OS...
    I wonder though if I'll be able to run this from a jump-drive! that'll be perfect!
  20. jazboy

    jazboy TS Rookie Posts: 112

    wow... I was really waiting for Google chrome OS to come out. Can't wait to try. I am very eager to try this out.
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