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View Poll Results: What is your opinion about Google Linux (AKA Chrome OS)?
I would use it, since it's FOSS. 7 17.95%
What?! Anything by Google is all about stealing your private information! 15 38.46%
I'm not going to vote, as I would say it's the general "whatever floats your boat". 19 48.72%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-20-2010, 01:52 PM   #1
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Opinions about Google Linux (A.K.A. Chrome OS)


What are all your opinions about Google Linux (A.K.A. Chrome OS)? Please explain your votes.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 02:08 PM   #2
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On my AntiX installs. I run sware Iron browser instead. Runs fast and Chrome extensions work in it. It may not be as current as Google Chrome. But it floats my boat.

In Ubuntu I run the Chrome Browser. Used to run Chromium. But was buggy for me. Taking to long to load sometimes. Not loading completely. Locked up a few times. Every new release would get a little better but I gave up on it. I will run Iron in Ubuntu when a ppa becomes available.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 02:15 PM   #3
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i don't care for google chrome -

have you heard of xPUD ?

is the same thing but with firefox on top of that.

also there's an xpud version with google chrome .

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lol i didn't know that the linuxqustions forum can't put the ubuntu logo that im using ubuntu when posting from opera ...

Last edited by silvyus_06; 12-20-2010 at 02:17 PM. Reason: LoL
 
Old 12-20-2010, 02:47 PM   #4
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The reason why I voted for the first option is because, no matter what you call it, Chrome OS is still Linux and still FOSS at the core.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 02:55 PM   #5
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yes , you are right .
google just took the kernel and put a modified version of chrome on top of that with some shortcuts to some webpages to make it look like it has the apps of a real os.

i use xpud if i really want to get fast up and running on the web.

i once donwloaded a virtual hdd with google chrome os on it and when i booted it , i was expecting , of course , to be detecting all the hardware of a vm .. (arent vms supposed to do that)

i deleted that pile of crap after i saw it wouldnt let me get in my google acoount ( i retyped the account and password for like 10 times ... belieeve me, i know my password.
so if there would be a dislike button for chrome , i would click it.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 03:04 PM   #6
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yes , you are right .
google just took the kernel and put a modified version of chrome on top of that with some shortcuts to some webpages to make it look like it has the apps of a real os.

i use xpud if i really want to get fast up and running on the web.

i once donwloaded a virtual hdd with google chrome os on it and when i booted it , i was expecting , of course , to be detecting all the hardware of a vm .. (arent vms supposed to do that)

i deleted that pile of crap after i saw it wouldnt let me get in my google acoount ( i retyped the account and password for like 10 times ... belieeve me, i know my password.
so if there would be a dislike button for chrome , i would click it.
If you're not connected to the Internet, you cannot log in. That's the downside to Chrome OS: you're in the Internet all the time, and if you ever get disconnected, if you don't log into the local account you're screwed.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 04:03 PM   #7
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I guess I never understood the point of Chrome OS. It really has no advantages over a cut-down install of Linux, and for hand-held devices, Android is probably a better choice. Personally, I expect Chrome OS to vanish in a relatively short amount of time.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 05:01 PM   #8
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You do realize, @Hangdog42, that Chrome OS is meant for the technically challenged, right? That means almost ~80% of the population.

Why you say? Here:
  • With Chrome OS, you don't have to worry about losing all your data when you get a new computer. Instead, all your data is saved.
  • Most people use the Web browser more than any other app, because they want to use their computer for one purpose: browsing the Web. So it makes sense to remove the other clutter for these users.
  • Chrome OS, you guys, can also have Web apps (in the form of extensions) installed to it. Here's a screenshot of one that I have as a pinned tab in the Chromium browser:

    5calc.png

    And another:

    WriteSpace.png
  • Even Linux malware cannot run on Chrome OS because the root device is read-only and if you don't log into the local account you don't have root access and so cannot remount the root device as rw.
  • I could go on and on...

Last edited by Kenny_Strawn; 12-20-2010 at 05:49 PM. Reason: Forgot something when I posted.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 05:38 PM   #9
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You do realize, @Hangdog42, that Chrome OS is meant for the technically challenged, right? That means almost ~80% of the population.
You do realize Kenny, that 80% of the population doesn't give a flying fig what is installed on their computer, they just use what is installed for them?

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With Chrome OS, you don't have to worry about losing all your data when you get a new computer. Instead, all your data is saved.
Can be done with any OS.
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Most people use the Web browser more than any other app, because they want to use their computer for one purpose: browsing the Web. So it makes sense to remove the other clutter for these users.
Can be done with any OS.

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Chrome OS, you guys, can also have Web apps (in the form of extensions) installed to it. Here's a screenshot of one that I have as a pinned tab in the Chromium browser:
Can be done with any OS.

The bottom line is there is nothing special about Chrome OS. It doesn't run on any special hardware and doesn't do anything that any other OS on the planet can't be configured to do as well. That is why I say I don't get the point of Chrome OS. It is just another OS, nothing innovative or creative. Heck, if I put Chrome OS on my netbook, I'd actually reduce its functionality and usefulness. And putting Chrome OS on a phone or a pad would created something insanely painful. It really is a solution looking for a problem.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 05:51 PM   #10
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About the whole "installation" issue: The only way to get Chrome OS is through the Cr-48 or upcoming devices from next year. That means that the only way to get Chrome OS is to have it preinstalled (or to build it from source)!
 
Old 12-20-2010, 06:57 PM   #11
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Whatever floats your boat. Hopefully this OS will knock Windows down, considering Google's fame.
 
Old 12-21-2010, 02:45 PM   #12
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Whatever floats your boat. Hopefully this OS will knock Windows down, considering Google's fame.
Completely agreed. Any Linux distro (even if it really is from Google) is better than WinDOS (sorry; had to bring up Windows's history again) and deserves to therefore be more popular, even if it means putting Microsoft out of business.

And here's a strategy for FOSS that could literally put Microsoft in the dust:

Use this strategy in software, especially FOSS, and watch Microsoft die.
 
Old 12-21-2010, 03:42 PM   #13
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Completely agreed. Any Linux distro (even if it really is from Google) is better than WinDOS
Me too.

BTW, why are you apologizing for saying WinDOS. It's not like you're saying Win****, where **** is some expletive.

I did the same thing back in the late 90s in a unix forum. I change my ways to pleased people, but it didn't last long. The pressure to pleased the people mounted each day.

I just decided to be myself.

Last edited by dv502; 12-21-2010 at 03:43 PM.
 
Old 12-21-2010, 03:46 PM   #14
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And did you read/click on my link in that post?

Here it is again:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patentleft
 
Old 12-21-2010, 03:59 PM   #15
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Sure. I always click on your links and blog links.
 
  


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