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Google Chrome OS: What an Idea?

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Google Chrome OS is not an OS but a Computer hardware running only a Browser. This sounds good, but do we really need such thing ? Or more over are we really ready for it?

At first the idea looks very good, and if you consider your children who came back home from school, sit on computer do only chat and facebook and then go for sleep, what else they need ? But wait, don’t they write documents ..we have google online document/office suite. hmm don’t they play their action game or car racing game.. ah that cannot be done on browser as of now. I mean Flash game took 10 minutes before we can play a simple card game with friends, who can I play a car race on internet. More over what if I have to download some client for my game? Where do I install it?

Google Chrome Team says that it took 45 seconds to boot the computer, the time one can make sandwich (they forgot that making sandwich took more time then that, as one has to open the fridge and take their knife out and blah blah, why you make sandwich running in kitchen) but anyways. How many time you really boot your PC in single day ? and how many time you need to restart your browser as it getting cached or acting nuts because same window was open from last 2 hrs? well the answer is PC boot was done just once or twice per day, if you shut it down at night (and not to torrent stuff), otherwise you open browser atleast 10 times per day. So what if your Google Chrome OS get cached, you have to spend <10 seconds of Chrome OS boot time? so if you boot 5 times you reach 50 secs anyways.

Also as I read some reviews about video, what happen if you are driving home and listen music online ? wait a minute you cannot do that with your 512kbps mobile phone Internet access? even if you do, don’t your phone gets disconnected because of network problem? if so your internet can get disconnected as well, so you cannot hear music on internet a useless Car stereo do the job better.

Google chrome is nothing more than a Linux distro as per estimation now that is stripped down to run only what a browser need to run. So you end up been a computer engineer who add modules to its computer for everything else he need. you need video player to run your DVD, add a driver and software. you need to install Game, first install OpenGL or joystick they are not there by default if it is only Browser. If it is not only browser, then didn’t it take time to initalize those stuff? then won’t it increase the boot time again?

After thinking about it, I would say it will be incorrect to say a computer with Google Chrome OS as “computer” , but it make sense to call it as “Internet Machine”. Or maybe you name it as GoTweetBook Machine (Google+Twitter + FaceBOOK) ?

By Sumit Gupta

Sumit Gupta, a developer by choice.