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Chrome OS May Support "Legacy" PC Applications

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June 14, 2010 10:00:00 PM

But can it ........ install Crysis?
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June 14, 2010 10:08:27 PM

obiown77But can it ........ install Crysis?

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June 14, 2010 10:19:18 PM

As long as I can save things to an external withot having a windows machine on.
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June 14, 2010 10:40:55 PM

Yawn
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June 14, 2010 10:44:04 PM

"My experience with virtual machines also shows that they run quite slowly--fine for cross-browser testing, but not the kind of 3D modeling and video editing software that are the main reasons I don't think I'll be able to switch to Chrome."

What? Hasn't Chrome been described and marketed as a cloud based Netbook operating system? This guy really thought he was going to be able to completely switch to chrome and do 3D modeling?
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June 14, 2010 10:45:19 PM

whats with the "chrome" everywhere :S
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June 14, 2010 11:23:35 PM

So, are they saying the Windows NT family apps are "legacy".

They run an OS based on something created in the 1960s, and call apps that run on the dominant operating system "legacy"?
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June 15, 2010 12:20:41 AM

So it has the google equivalent of DosBox. I like that, since I play many old school games.
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June 15, 2010 1:18:47 AM

obiown77But can it ........ install Crysis?


That was horrible but I laughed.

But seriously. "Chromoting"? Marketing needs to give it a rest and stop attempting to make catchphrases. Do Google employees now get Chromotions?
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June 15, 2010 2:29:06 AM

the_krasnoSo it has the google equivalent of DosBox. I like that, since I play many old school games.

Where does it say anything like this? They're talking about something more akin to RDP. You'd be better off porting Windows and DOS emulators to Chrome OS.
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June 15, 2010 3:29:21 AM

The chrome team should put that as an option - adding option to run legacy apps under chrome is like putting used batteries with a new one but its a good challenge to the team.
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June 15, 2010 6:08:00 AM

hmmm... maybe Google can help develop Wine for the Linux community ... (Those that DON't know .. (W)ine (I)s (N)ot an (E)mulator.
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June 15, 2010 10:01:13 AM

Maybe I can install X-wing and Tie-Fighter, My old duke nuke'm...Damn it. I don't have my my 5 1/4" drive anymore. Maybe Google could bundle something up...Call it the Chromo-drive "It plays all legacy games from windows 98 down to Windows 3.1" Now that would be awsome. Hahahaha
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June 15, 2010 11:08:37 AM

Gosh what a waste of energie, ink and resource.
Like they wil create a new cash cow like cable tv.

who care about those cazy`s who dream to put us back
to time-sharing, compuserve and like... remenber the sixty`s
was in the past not the future.... gosh.
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Anonymous
June 15, 2010 12:53:28 PM

Well if it works :

+1 OS
-1 000 000 for Vista and Win 7!!!
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June 15, 2010 1:27:11 PM

Legacy apps?
So not Photoshop, or Nero
Maybe iTunes?

Don't hold your breath....
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June 15, 2010 3:17:48 PM

It would be nice if it included a windows RDP client and be able to run RemoteApp applications from a Windows Terminal Server. I could see that as being extremely useful in my company.
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June 15, 2010 3:53:25 PM

Are people seriously complaining that they won't be able to run photoshop or video editing / rendering software in Chrome... on a web based OS meant for cheap devices? I won't be buying a honda civic either, because I tend to haul 3 tons of rocks around for my job, thus Honda Civics are useless. Thats about the sense I got from this article.
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June 15, 2010 4:22:06 PM

eatmeimadanishAre people seriously complaining that they won't be able to run photoshop or video editing / rendering software in Chrome... on a web based OS meant for cheap devices? I won't be buying a honda civic either, because I tend to haul 3 tons of rocks around for my job, thus Honda Civics are useless. Thats about the sense I got from this article.

If Chrome was meant to be an OS to run a simple standalone device like a smartphone I can understand its light webapps, but as soon as you put it on a laptop/netbook with USB ports or even install on a standard PC people will wanto edit pictures, burn onto CDs or DVDs, listen to their music and attach printers.

Sure a webapp may be available but people who have paid $685 for CS3 will feel a bit upset that compatability doesnt stretch that far.

Give the world compatability and you can own the world.
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June 15, 2010 6:13:13 PM

"I'm struggling to see the usefulness of this," he said. "I'm not going to keep my Windows Laptop running to use programs such as the Adobe suite. My experience with virtual machines also shows that they run quite slowly--fine for cross-browser testing, but not the kind of 3D modeling and video editing software that are the main reasons I don't think I'll be able to switch to Chrome." fail(?) comment(?) Chrome OS is a web app oriented OS! that means internet all the way.. why would you even install adobe suit on a netbook/tablet/smartphone anyway? O.o The legacy apps I would assume that are far more common and simple applications than adobe suit. I guess..
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June 15, 2010 10:18:57 PM

They are referring to the older business legacy apps that MS makes you buy their higher end, more expensive Vista, I mean Winblows 7 to get. 7 is nothing more than Vista with tweaks done. Don't believe me, in denial. I just put 7 64bit on my gaming rig and the same display driver works and is downloaded for both. That is enough to convince me, same kernel.
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June 16, 2010 6:42:37 AM

Dkzwhy would you even install adobe suit on a netbook/tablet/smartphone anyway?

My understanding is that Google only intend netbook and lite device usage to start with and full PC usage at a later stage. We have already seen the stories of banning Windows over at Google HQ.

If this is the case do you think that Chrome will have 2 differant versions, one for lite devices and one for desktop PCs or it will be the same for both. If it is the same for both then no one will use it for desktops as their software will be useless. No games, no video editing.

So far no-one can give a straight answer, I say "will it offer compatability?"
People say "why would you want it?"
Answer a question with a question basically means no. It won't offer any compatability and you are back to the same problem as Apple, with a fancy looking UI and having to pay for every App from the sole vendor and all your previously acquired software may as well go in the bin.

Give us an OS that can do everything, then we can choose wether to run bloated mega-programs or just browse funny vids on Youtube. Making it run fast is then the problem of the hardware vendor, but at least give us the choice instead of limiting us, after all, it's our money to waste isn't it?
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Anonymous
June 29, 2010 6:06:43 AM

All *nix builds have bearly any support for applications. Google, don't take away the the word application.
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Anonymous
October 18, 2010 2:55:15 PM

You can also run Windows apps on Chrome OS using ChromeWin - windows cloud server.. for example http://tryvps.com
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