Google OS, at last.
Google is going with their own OS, and it is not going to be a GoOS. Sadly.
5 years ago I posted about various speculations on this fabled operatig system, here, and part of the idea was the cloud as repository and the convenience of open source and accessibility.
Well, finally! Google posted in their blog about this:
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.
FastCompany hints towards a system that operates, in part, in the clouds,
I’m betting that some of the key components will be cloud-based, which is implied by the instant-on aspects of the project.
yet what I find the most interesting of this whole thing is that aspect of the user input, recognizing that the free product, as Chris Anderson would say, reaches more people than a proprietary solution, gets more suggestions and solutions, and achieves more, faster and with a higher efficiency.
We still have to see if what we get is actually a manageable product, and there are too many caveats: the dependency on web applications might be as well a deterrent for certain uses and demographics, the need to muscle out microsoft and all the linux distros, the acceptance toa new gadget when people are already entrenching due to economic malaise are all situations to take into account.
Then again, storage and processing power dedicated to fuel an apps machine, and the increase in demand for internet access as basic infrastructure is going to make wonders for our interactions within the net.
What next? Infrastructure, mobility, price.
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