December 15th, 2010
Chrome OS.

Chrome OS is nearly upon us.

Google says “Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web”.

How does it all work? Basically the user will no longer be trapped into using one machine with all their programmes on it. In fact there will be no programmes in Chrom OS, instead the user will work off Web Apps. This means a number of things — no more lost data when your computer goes down, all data and information is saved on the internet. No more uploading of new software and software updates, it will be done for you on the server side. I can see the advantages to using a system like this, and in the future I can see a lot more reliance and use of this kind of system. As a system it is great for people that mostly use their computers simply for browsing the web. However I can also see the disadvantages — will there be privacy issues, if everything you do is stored on the internet what implications does this have to the security of your information.

My biggest problem with Chrome OS so far is how the operating system looks. It just looks like I’m using the internet all the time. Which I know is the point but it just does not look good enough. Cheap looking icons on a white background, Google could have done better than this. My feelings are a lot of people will miss the proper desktop feel when using a computer. When I am working on images or working on documents, I want to feel as though I am working within that programme rather than feel I am working on the internet.

Google is now running a pilot programme for people who would like to use the new Chrome OS. And with that you would get The Cr-48 a the test notebook Google designed for the pilot program. Its a pretty cool looking laptop, that has not got a caps lock key? But Google says “It’s ready when you are, booting in about 10 seconds and resuming from sleep instantly. There’s built-in Wi-Fi and 3G, so you can stay connected everywhere, and a webcam for video chat. The vibrant 12-inch LCD display, full-size keyboard and oversized touchpad let you enjoy the web comfortably”. Sign up for the pilot programme here: https://services.google.com/fb/forms/cr48advanced/

Found via the Gizmodo website