The first I heard of the Google Chrome Operating System, I was at the breakfast table, eating a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats and listening to NPR with my family. As soon as the news broke, my brother exclaimed, “Chrome is a browser, not an operating system!”
I drank my coffee and listened, but there weren’t a lot of details.
It was about noon when I booted up my laptop and checked my RSS feeds.
And it was all over the place.
“Wow,” I initially thought. Then I started to think about it some more, and I’m not sure if it’s the best idea ever.
I thought about antitrust issues, internet availability issues, and the fact that it’s another OS that is competing.
Google might start to face these with their entry into the OS market. I’m not sure how this will pan out (IANAL) but I’m sure it might raise some eyebrows in the government. However, if the OS is free (like many of Google’s products) then it might not be an issue.
What if you don’t have access to the internet? Google Docs are great, as are all the other Google apps, but if you can’t access them and your data, the computer is pretty much useless. As far as all of your stuff being “on the cloud”… well, if you can’t access the cloud, then you can’t get any work done. I felt this pain at my last job; I tried to do as much work as I could on the documents that were saved on the server. I ran into issues when the server went down (about 4 or 5 times when I was there) and I couldn’t really do any work.
Let’s face it. You purchase a computer, are you really going to install another OS? Well, with the exception of a few people (my geek friends will) most won’t. I can’t help but think that Google is looking at either the Android codebase or the gOs codebase (Ubuntu).
I also can’t help but think this is going to be almost like another Linux distro, but it’s a big deal because it’s from Google.