By now you probably have read that Google is developing a new operating system and that most pundits around the Net have said that Google is looking to go head-to-head against Microsoft in the operating system arena, taking the fight to them so it seems.
To get everyone up to speed, Chrome OS will be a Linux distro, this first OS will be focused on Netbooks, completely separate from Android, Web-centric, and lastly is supposed to be secure right out the box.
There have been some stirrings in the open source community that are somewhat disappointed with Google for not using community feedback in their development. However, according to Google's blog, "we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve."
There has been a lot of talk about how this will affect Microsoft and that this will help empower the Linux community and Microsoft will do whatever it can to squash the operating system.
From what I have seen operating systems are somewhat stagnating. It has been a while since we have seen true innovation and sadly the OS that seems to be leading development is Microsoft. When the imitator becomes the innovator in an industry you know that industry has serious problems. On this fact alone, I can see that Chrome will help the OS industry as a whole. It will even help Microsoft by giving them something to mimic again.
I am quite interested in how Google will face the following:
1. Antitrust with their browser and online applications
2. Privacy Concerns (this is Google after all)
3. How will they make it so secure?
4. If users "don't have to deal with viruses, malware, and security updates" how will this affect security vendors
5. How lightweight will it really be?
Microsoft has a lot to gain from Google building an OS. Google spends billions on research and Microsoft can greatly benefit from that research by looking at how Google does things then integrate what they want from it into Windows. Its about time we had some new blood in the OS department and I think the greatest winner of this whole thing will be the consumer since this should (knock on the simulated wood that comprises my desk) start an OS feature war
I honestly think the biggest loser in this will be the Linux community. Chrome will garner some Microsoft users, but I think it will get its largest amount of users from Linux distros and although Linux is about community and if one version of Linux wins than we all win, the bottom line is it will eat at the popularity of the other Linux flavors and that is not a good thing. What if Google doesn't market it as a Linux OS, does the Linux community still gain from the popularity?
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