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What ChromeOS is (NOT)
Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2009 by Erlik

As Devin Coldewey pointed out on a recent CrunchGear post, many people seems to be getting over-exited about the new Google ChromeOS. I think that many bloggers are making more of ChromeOS than what it actually is. Maybe it is time to sum up what Google's new OS is and what it is not!

What ChomeOS is:

- It is a Linux distribution: If you consider that Moblin with it's Linux kernel and clutter window manager is a Linux distribution, then ChromeOS with it's as-yet-unnamed lightweight Window manager is one too. Like any other Linux distribution it will be open source, and we can even expect that other distribution will be based on it the same way that Ubuntu is based on Debian.

- It is a netbook operating system: One thing that is clear is that ChromeOS will be optimized for a netbook form factors and usage model. It is close in concept to the original Xandros OS of the first EEE PC or gOS: have a few applications installed locally and do the rest trough the cloud. The main difference is that thanks to the development of Google Gears the cloud computing experience should be more palatable to end user than before. If you look at the list of partners Google has for ChromesOS, you will notice that most of these have a strong presence in the netbook market.

- It is mainly an ARM based operating system: Look again at that list of partners. Qualcomm, Freescale and Texas instrument are in, Intel is out! These three are manufacturer of ARM based chips and have a big interest in seeing ChromeOS perform well on these chips. I think that x86 compatibility is there to help the OS grow some market share with current netbook owners, but that the majority of new machines sold with ChromeOS will have ARM based chips inside.

- It will be sold on store shelves: Yep, the aim of ChromeOS is to help sell cheap machines capable of browsing the web (thus generating revenue for Google). Google and it's partners will certainly push for these to be sold at Best Buy and co, although the machines should ideally not be in the PC aisle to avoid confusing consumers.

- It will be good for Linux: One of the biggest things that is hurting Linux now is it's market share. Since it represent only about 2% of the market (W3counter) many software, game and hardware manufacturers dismiss Linux as a niche market and do not invest resources in porting their products (or drivers) . This is in a large part balanced by the Linux community, drivers are written by people who want to make their hardware work, applications are developed and games are created. There is however a limit to this: blockbuster games need to be developed by game studios and drivers should be written before the hardware is released, not after. If Linux based platforms such as ChromeOS gain a bigger market share the whole Linux community can expect better support from commercial software publishers and device manufacturers.

What ChromeOS is not:

- It is not a cloud only OS: It seem that even if Google does not use Gnome or KDE it should be possible to port most Linux application to ChromeOS, so eventually I expect a full application ecosystem to emerge. This will probably take several years tough. You should also take into account that thanks to Google gears it will be possible to run web applications like Google docs off-line, so maybe local applications won't be needed.

- It is not a Microsoft killer: Even if it will be possible to write local applications for ChromeOS the primary focus of the OS is web access on companion devices such as netbooks. This means that initially there will be less games and commercial applications available for ChromeOS than Windows. Because of this I suspect that most people will want to have their main desktop computer on Windows. ChromeOS will probably hurt Microsoft sales only to netbook manufacturers. Since Microsoft is not making much money out of these anyway I don't think it will affect their bottom line that much.

- It is not ready: Google expects the first devices featuring ChromeOS to be available in the second half of 2010. Even if the first beta versions of the OS are available this year this means that ChromeOS is very far from being finished. By the time it hist the shelves Windows 7 and other netbook oriented Linux distributions like Moblin and Jolicloud will probably be selling already and will compete with ChromeOS.

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