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July 15, 2009 5:44:10 PM

What competition? Google is doing this simply because it can not because it should... Windows, in it's many incarnations, is going to be "it" for a long time.
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July 15, 2009 5:45:18 PM

If Chrome is even half as good as Windows Me I think ol' MS will have something to worry about. I love Windows Me bu competition is good nonetheless.
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July 15, 2009 5:47:20 PM

Google is becoming Microsoft of the 90's...believing it's unbeatable in any market.

One day, they'll wake up and realize people dislike them as much as they dislike(d) Microsoft...it's inevitable.
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July 15, 2009 5:50:16 PM

The Google Chrome OS is exactly as they put it: another iteration of Linux. While making the argument that Windows is something "different" is hard to do because it is everywhere, still, you don't see other OSs that similar to Windows, probably because it is closed source.
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July 15, 2009 5:53:09 PM

Google Chrome browser just another Firefox browser only without Adblock
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July 15, 2009 5:54:12 PM

windows me? wtf?
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July 15, 2009 5:56:44 PM

As everybody says, competition is great, but this is a dressed up version of Linux.

As long as developers do not (by and large) support the OS, Windows will be king.
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July 15, 2009 6:02:06 PM

ZyxMEvEuuxcZGoogle Chrome browser just another Firefox browser only without Adblock


We're talking about an OS here, not a browser.
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July 15, 2009 6:03:25 PM

windowsmeloverIf Chrome is even half as good as Windows Me I think ol' MS will have something to worry about. I love Windows Me bu competition is good nonetheless.


You LIKE Windows ME!? My god man, try XP at the least!

ME was the biggest mistake Microsoft ever made.... aside from Vista. I really hope Win7 doesn't suck
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July 15, 2009 6:05:39 PM

windowsmeloverIf Chrome is even half as good as Windows Me I think ol' MS will have something to worry about. I love Windows Me bu competition is good nonetheless.


We all loved Windows ME for it was probably the best OS ever made by man. Stable, secure, user-friendly, not a single BSOD... But it's over now, you'll have to accept it someday.
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July 15, 2009 6:09:50 PM

Chrome OS can only compete with Windows in netbook segment. There is no potential threat for Windows on corporate, enthusiast or gamer desktops.

I don't think Microsoft worries about losing some share in a low profit margin market.
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July 15, 2009 6:15:35 PM

I don't care if it's "just another dressed up Linux OS." I just want to have something that works and I think that there are probably a lot of other people out there that share my opinion. The fact that it will be free gives people more incentive to at least try it out and that is what MS has to worry about.
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July 15, 2009 6:32:02 PM

Google is looking to the future for their OS. It won't make much of a dent in the short term, but they see it as a quick ticket into their cloud of applications going forward, and pushing most things into the browser. Besides, everything Ballmer predicts failure for tends to do really well.
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July 15, 2009 6:34:40 PM

I'm hoping for a Moblin for the rest of us. Heck I don't have time for all the bells and whistles... I need the bare basics on my laptop. I have a desktop for the rest.
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July 15, 2009 6:38:24 PM

Chrome will definitely HURT Microsoft! We have to keep in mind that Microsoft is in a position where it can only go one way -- and that is DOWN!

Microsoft only has to face the reality of the 'average' consumer experiencing and, God forbid, becoming accustomed to a "different" operating system. If the Chrome OS turns out to be cool and feature worthy, this will certainly be the case.

And Microsoft will have a LOT to lose because of it... Apple will as well, perhaps!

And it would be about time!
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July 15, 2009 6:39:23 PM

I think the people that should be worried the most is Apple.
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July 15, 2009 6:44:17 PM

If they would base their OS on Linux wine, that would make a difference!
A windows based Linux!
But as far as Google OS, or anything else that's linux based, I think I'd prefer Ubuntu.
Besides,where are you going to find programs and drivers fully compatible with that os?

It costs hundreds of volunteers working for years to get a database of drivers, and programs working.
It's not something Google will be able to mimmic unless they base their Linux on Slax, Debian, Redhat, or some other form of Linux; in which case it'd make more sense to go with an OS that already has earned a reputation and fame.

The only thing that Google OS could do to 'impress' people next to what I mentioned above is create a Linux OS that looks and feels like Windows.
But I'm sure they would get sued if they did so.
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July 15, 2009 6:44:17 PM

I don't think ChromeOS will "knock out" Windows, especially with Windows 7 coming out but I do think it will be good for Linux as a whole. It will get a lot more people interested in Linux than before since almost everyone knows knows about Google but not everybody has heard of Ubuntu,SuSe, Red Hat/Fedora, Debian, etc... See what I mean? It would be like if Microsoft marketed Linux, all the sudden people would be like "Wow look at this brand new Microsoft OS it's awesome!" when Linux has actually been around for about 15 years. All in All it's about getting the word of it out, about 80-90% of computer users probably have no idea what Linux is since it's not marketed and shoved in our faces at every turn like everything else in this world is.

doomtombThe Google Chrome OS is exactly as they put it: another iteration of Linux. While making the argument that Windows is something "different" is hard to do because it is everywhere, still, you don't see other OSs that similar to Windows, probably because it is closed source.


I guess you've never seen ReactOS its pretty much an open source clone of Windows XP but it's built entirely from scratch and doesn't use any Microsoft code. It's still in the Alpha stages though (0.3.10), even after a few years.
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July 15, 2009 6:47:10 PM

I wish I was Bill Gates. Hats off to the man that unified personal computers and made the great games we have today possible.
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July 15, 2009 6:48:50 PM

I love idiots that think each distribution is a different OS. There aren't multiple linux operating systems there is one and then there are specialized distribution. Saying Google is making an operating system is misleading because they aren't, they are using the linux kernel and are building upon it to make a distribution.
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July 15, 2009 6:52:27 PM

"Linux Chrome" ...that pretty much sums up the whole thing IMO.

cough gimmick cough
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July 15, 2009 6:58:13 PM

Nintendo has been doing it for years.... (brushing off competition) and they seem to be doing just fine.
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July 15, 2009 6:59:05 PM

chrome may be a linux dress up. the interesting thing here is to have a marketing giant like google pushing a linux OS
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July 15, 2009 7:04:20 PM

Kewl MunkyI love idiots that think each distribution is a different OS. There aren't multiple linux operating systems there is one and then there are specialized distribution.

Linux is a family of OS which use the Linux Kernel, it is not a OS, it is a KERNEL. Most of the different distributions actually are different OS!
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July 15, 2009 7:14:32 PM

MS has nothing to worry about. Not for a LONG time anyway.
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July 15, 2009 7:16:02 PM

dainsane1chrome may be a linux dress up. the interesting thing here is to have a marketing giant like google pushing a linux OS


That was an attack?
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July 15, 2009 7:17:49 PM

Chrome OS will have it's position in the PC market, but it will not be a Windows Replacement. I see it as being very similar to the Linux OS's that are installed on Netbooks. Very dependent on the web and Google services. The only difference here is that it is being backed by a very big and wealthy company. I don't think Microsoft has anything to worry about at least in the near future. If the OS takes off and developers jump on board and make a library of programs and that can replace all of the programs on a Windows machine then Microsoft might have to worry.
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July 15, 2009 7:19:03 PM

pocketdrummerWe're talking about an OS here, not a browser.


The browser is the OS.
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July 15, 2009 7:28:33 PM

Uncle MeatThe browser is the OS.

What's your favorite application? ...Porn...
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July 15, 2009 7:45:58 PM

I don' think they care much. Neither do I. I will never use Chrome. Google is just gathering data on everyone. If the EULA contains the same lingo as the browser then HELL NO will I EVER use it. My IP's are mine! (for those who dont know: the EULA in ther browser states taht Google gets a copy of, and rights to, anything posted thru their browser. Go read it.
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July 15, 2009 7:52:12 PM

I think they going after mac...not windows..
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July 15, 2009 7:58:11 PM

Google has enough money to buy in support from 3th party dev's.
I am still amazed apple still doesnt fund EA in exchange for their games being able to run without DirectX and thus being portable to other platforms.
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July 15, 2009 8:38:01 PM

Hmm why don't they make their own os rather than repackaging linux for the billionth time? They have enough man power to handle it plus there are plenty of hobbyists finishing out their degree in colleges that know the ins and outs of hardware, I've met some people like that before. I also remember when some people in the emulation community were collaborating on making their own custom o/s, not linux based but from scratch. It can be done. Chrome doesn't interest me if it is just a repackaged linux all over again. I can find dozens of those to download.
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July 15, 2009 8:59:46 PM

what would be the better feat is if computers started shipping with chrome os as an option or by default. every computer you buy puts money in microsofts pocket. except those ubuntu machines from dell, but we need more choices
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July 15, 2009 9:03:51 PM

brando56894I guess you've never seen ReactOS its pretty much an open source clone of Windows XP but it's built entirely from scratch and doesn't use any Microsoft code. It's still in the Alpha stages though (0.3.10), even after a few years.


Awesome! I had never heard of it either...really wish it was in beta so I could try it out...

As for Linux...the only reason I dont use it is because of driver support...its such a pain in the a$$ to get the right drivers and get them working properly...and thats something Microsoft is usually pretty good at doing...usually...lol
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July 15, 2009 9:15:37 PM

Even if they were worried about the new OS "competition", they'd be dumb to show it. Showing that they aren't concerned about it cutting into their market shows that they are confident in their product. I'd be amazed if they had any other reaction.
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July 15, 2009 9:17:38 PM

The OS is a browser. They are only using enough of the Linux kernel to start up the pc and launch the browser. All apps will be cloud apps running in the browser.
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July 15, 2009 9:19:32 PM

We'll have to see what they do with the OS. They can base it off Linux but not use KDE or Gnome. They can pull an Apple and make their own OS all together using aspects of Linux. I think Google knows their are hundreds of distros and even though some are easier than others none are as easy as Windows of Mac OS. Google knows if they want to make it, they have to make something thats nice, simple and powerful. I'm not saying its going to blow Windows out of the water, I doubt that. Windows still has backwards compatibility which no form of free OS is going to get companies to switch from Windows because most companies need programs that will not be on Google Chrome OS...same with gamers. I think Google OS can take some market share from Windows, but not much to scare Microsoft, now Mac OS and other Linux distros have something to be scared about. If this is good, I can see a lot of people...except true Apple fanboys/girls, leaving Mac OS for Google Chrome OS. People who are on the fence to either buy Mac or PC could switch to Google OS. But again we just have to see what they do with the OS.
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July 15, 2009 9:54:07 PM

For me there is nothing better than the flexibility of windows. Yes its not the best as far as efficient code but I will always go with the os that has the most support... If google can do that with Chrome then more power to them...Apple has not been able to do it...
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July 15, 2009 10:01:44 PM

Sweet!
Chrome runs great! Plus Google knows it will not take off unless it is more than just another linux distro...
The issue for gamers (more revenue than the movie industry) is that they will not migrate unless there is a way to game. Dual booting is cool but not practical.
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July 15, 2009 11:13:00 PM

Instead of making another Linux OS, or for that matter a Unix variant, I would love to see a from-scratch operating system that was radical and revolutionary, rather than an evolutionary step of a very old paradigm.

A whole new sytem based on the current trajectories of hardware and current generation of programmatic algorithms, bound not by the rules of the past, but by possibilities of the future.

Of course, this would take years, cost tens or hundreds of millions, and be obsolete several times over before it was commercially attractive. But hey, we're not going to travel to the stars by building better trucks.
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July 15, 2009 11:17:09 PM

DiamondTThe issue for gamers (more revenue than the movie industry) is that they will not migrate unless there is a way to game. Dual booting is cool but not practical.


The issue is also gaming performance: the lengths that gamers will go to in order to load a zone half a second faster, or to eek out 5 more frames per second is crazy. And, since every generation of game insists on looking better and more realistic than preceding generations, emulators and VMs will just not cut it.
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July 15, 2009 11:26:12 PM

parsons68Google is becoming Microsoft of the 90's...believing it's unbeatable in any market.One day, they'll wake up and realize people dislike them as much as they dislike(d) Microsoft...it's inevitable.

Dude, I already hate them
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July 15, 2009 11:26:19 PM

microsoft owns the OS territory
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July 15, 2009 11:35:51 PM

Google needs to do two things to make this work.

1.) Make the OS easy to use for all the non-Linux lovers and older people (I'm talking my 60 year old mother here).
2.) Get developer and vendor support. I need to be able to go to the store and see packaged software being sold for it.
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July 16, 2009 12:05:13 AM

isn't OSX just a dressed up linux? seems to work for them (though I don't know why)
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July 16, 2009 3:10:51 AM

No, from what I understand OSX is based off of parts of Unix and BSD then customized even more to make it more "user friendly" and unique.

okibrianGoogle needs to do two things to make this work.1.) Make the OS easy to use for all the non-Linux lovers and older people (I'm talking my 60 year old mother here).2.) Get developer and vendor support. I need to be able to go to the store and see packaged software being sold for it.


So you would rather go to a store and pay for software rather than download it (and possibly compile it) for free from the comfort of your own home? That sounds kind of dumb to me.

talysInstead of making another Linux OS, or for that matter a Unix variant, I would love to see a from-scratch operating system that was radical and revolutionary ... Of course, this would take years, cost tens or hundreds of millions, and be obsolete several times over before it was commercially attractive.


I'm glad someone finally mentioned this, it's not feasible if you want a good working OS within a relatively short amount of time. Granted google has the resources to make a new OS they just don't want to take the time and would rather build up from a stable framework. It's like if you're entering into a car race in 6 months do you build the entire car yourself (mold the chassis, make the glass for the windows, make the metal parts, etc..) or do you get an empty chassis and clean it up, buy the parts from a manufacturer and assemble it yourself?


AhslanAwesome! I had never heard of it either...really wish it was in beta so I could try it out...As for Linux...the only reason I dont use it is because of driver support...its such a pain in the a$$ to get the right drivers and get them working properly...and thats something Microsoft is usually pretty good at doing...usually...lol


It's usable but to what extent I don't really know. I just installed it in vmware earlier and it takes like 10-15 minutes to install since it's only about 40mb. I didn't really check it out other than a quick look around. According to their roadmap it will become beta in January and 0.4.0 which is due next month will be more usable than the current 0.3.10 and they're going to focus more on the UI..

Linux has great hardware support, 99% of the time I've never had a true problem that brought my computer to a standstill just problems with less common hardware such as the tv tuner card that I took from my dads dell. We got it in 2005 in his pc and apparently it's only sold in dell computers and no one really uses them in linux.


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July 16, 2009 3:41:05 AM

I DON`T CARE WHAT COMPONENTS WILL HAVE GOOGLE O.S., IF ITS AN HYBRID FROM UNIX, ORACLE,WINDOWS OR MAC, DON`T MATTER, ALL WHAT CONSUMERS WANT IS STABILITY, LOW PRICE, EASY ENVIRONMENT, GOOD PERFORMANCE (NO BUGS), EASY TO UNDERSTAND, AND OFF COURSE PRIVACY AND NICE LOOKING, GOOGLE HAS EVERY BUT NO PRIVACY, IF GOOGLE WARRANTY PRIVACY FOR USERS, GOOGLE HAS EVERYTHING TO MAKE A GOOD COMPETITION TO MICROSOFT, SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH, IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH YET,LOL.
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July 16, 2009 4:01:20 AM

I don`t care what components will have google o.s., if its an hybrid from unix, oracle,windows or mac, don`t matter, all what consumers want is stability, low price, easy environment, good performance (no bugs), easy to understand, and off course privacy and nice looking, google has every but no privacy, if google warranty privacy for users, google has everything to make a good competition to microsoft, sorry for my english, is not good enough yet,lol.
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