Google Chrome OS Preview

Google’s simple Linux distribution formally known as Google Chrome OS was finally previewed. It is fully based on the Google applications for search, editing documents or reading email with nothing more than the operating system stored on the computer’s HDD, but rather accessible online from the Google cloud.

Google’s strength with Google Chrome OS is that it can become the standard OS for new netbooks, lowering their cost as compared to shipping with Windows as well as running on more modest hardware configurations lacking the need of a traditional HDD for storing user data. I admin that currently I am not a fan of this concept as I use my laptop for way more than Internet browsing and find no real use for my existing Windows 7 running netbook.

Pros:

  • Free & netbook optimized
  • Instant on (7 seconds on current version)
  • Free of conventional viruses

Cons:

  • All your data is on Google’s servers
  • Currently it is no more than a lightweight Linux distribution
  • Limited hardware support

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