I've developed a rather negative opinion of the thing so far - Kind replies and real information to the contrary appreciated...
Now - From what I understand: It's an unnamed Linux distro, pared down to the absolute minimum needed to run the Chrome browser.
Will Google OS reset desktop expectations?
Anand sound off, as well: AnandTech
and include a rather key sentence:
The single most important thing to take from this announcement right now is just what Chrome OS will do. It won’t run an email client, it won’t run an office suite, and it won’t run games – it will only run Google Chrome. It’s Linux stripped to the bone, left with just enough to run Chrome, and nothing more.
So... If the task you want to do can't run in a browser, then it can't run at all... And therefore your applications AND PERSONAL DATA
would have to be hosted somewhere on the Internet. And ostensibly under Googles's control, since they would be the natural/default choice for said hosting. Plus Browser based "security" <shudder>
Hmmm... Don't Google make their money by selling the information they collect/mine about people's online behavior to advertisers/whoever is willing to pay the going rates? Don't Google use this information themselves to better target people for said advertising?
I beg pardon if the Tinfoil hat is obscuring my vision/judgment but this one bears a rather unpleasant odour to me, and on the face of things I'm greatly... disinclined... to allow any such thing on one of my computers.
A more charitable view might be something along the lines of a very lightweight tool aimed at the Netbook/Mobile crowd. But I can't think of anything off the top of my head this would be good for that I can't already do on my cellular phone.
Contrary opinions/Facts? Blessings/Thanks in advance for level headed responses.