- May 4, 2008
- '08 1.5L Impreza | '13 Renault Logan
Personally, I want them to kick M$'s ass
Google is not officially saying much about Chrome OS beyond a Tuesday night blog post, announcing it is indeed developing a computer operating system.
But a very knowledgeable "industry source" answered a few questions about a project that on its surface appears a significant challenge to Microsoft, Apple and the PC industry's status quo.
After getting these additional details, I'm thinking Google's Chrome OS will be the latest iteration of the thin client "network computer" that others in Silicon Valley first proposed in the mid-1990s.
The concept was to shift most of the actual computing from the local machine to the Web. With servers doing the heavy lifting, people wouldn't need much more than a keyboard, display and Internet connection.
Oracle and Sun Microsystems ? where Google CEO Eric Schmidt used to work ? began pushing this concept as their competition with Microsoft grew and Windows became the dominant platform for software development.
Their vision has been partly realized. Most people have good Internet connections and the Web has become the dominant platform, connecting not just computers but increasingly phones, game consoles, cars and televisions.
Some big companies use thin clients connected to their corporate networks. The consumer equivalent may be netbooks, the low-powered minicomputers based on hardware designed for mobile devices.
But the majority of personal computing is still done on full-powered machines that run applications offline as well as online.