Originally Posted by Gazoobee
Well, it's still early days in that no one has really used it yet and it's still basically an alpha, but ...
the more I think about it the stupider it seems to me.
Ive been expecting this type of OS to come out for well over a decade and having it come from Google as a dedicated internet appliance for about a decade now. OS agnostic computing is the future for the majority of consumers. Most of the worlds population dont have any computer or any internet. This simple OS could change that. If not this, then something built off the foundations this builds.
Your MacBook for instance would be ridiculously overpowered for such an OS, you wouldn't be using a fraction of the capabilities of the machine.
Absolutely, which is why Id want to use this very simple OS with very simple power requirements when Im trying to conserve battery power for as long as possible while still trying to use the internet or do some other basic function that a browser-based app can do.
I also *do* think that it isn't scaleable in that the size of the screen and how many tabs you can put in your browser is very finite. I suppose it would allow for as many tabs open as anyone can have open in a full screen browser anyway, but then on the other hand a big chunk of them will be used up by apps, that in a "normal" OS situation, one would switch to outside of the browser.
Most users arent actively using an excessive number of apps on their computers now. Windows has trained people to close out apps before they open another.
That said, the apps you use, like Facebook, Gmail, Chess, whatever can be represented by a single identifiable icon. If that becomes a real problem there is nothing stopping this from having sectioned off tabs with multiple rows or scrolling tab rows. The possibilities are endless at this point. If you watch the demo you see they have more tabs open than people typical use.
Suppose I'm working on the web for instance, and writing at the same time. I have the full compliment of tabs open in the browser, and a similar number of documents open in the word processor. In Chrome OS, I would only be able to have half as many, because the word processing is being done in the browser as well.
Im not following why youd have half the tabs open that you need. Just like in a regular browser the tabs alter sizes as needed. This isnt supposed to be a work horse OS so i you need something more robust then a a more powerful system with a more powerful OS is always available. This is an option for an consumer that has been overlooked for a very long time.
It was that comment someone made about Palms WebOS that really got me thinking though. If each document is a browser window or tab, it seems to me that WebOS is a much better thought out implementation of that basic idea. Instead of tabs, there are "cards" and the management of those cards is much better implemented. It's also touch enabled and designed for a modern mobile, instead of being designed for yesterday's netbook, which is about to get eclipsed by the tablet.
With a phone sized display cards do make more sense. The iPhones Safari has pages but they essentially the same thing. There is nothing stopping this open software from making a card type browser so that it can swipe an entire browser of tabs to an entirely new browser of different tabs. Just like virtual desktops in KDE, Gnome and Mac OS X, having the same thing in Chrome OS is not too a big deal for those that need it. The browser window is the desktop.
I think that's the best way to think about it. It's not really an OS in the sense that it's a design that helps you manage your data, or your documents, or your contacts, or anything really. It's a browser. Period. The apps are not only not really a part of the OS, they aren't even necessarily designed for the OS, or the device that it sits on.
Still in the development stage Ive seen some amazing things done with HTML5, CSS and JS. I cant think of anything people typically do with computers cannot be done in a web-based environment. WebOS is proof that OS rendered in web-code can be viable even if Palm is fudging things up. (Pre being sold for as low as $80 and Pixie already at $25)
I think Apple's integrated approach with the OS closely designed to the hardware, and the apps to the OS, is going to leave this thing in the dust by the side of the road.
Yes and no, it depends on what type of computing were talking about. If I need to plug in a SD card to run Chrome OS while flying from Miami to Madrid so I can have internet for the entire trip and then some I will likely do that, especially if wanting to play videos that require Flash. I should be able to see and access my files on my local HDD, too, once the OS has booted from a solid-state drive.
I plan on compiling the OS this weekend to see what features are there but the demo looked pretty good.