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Release of Chrome-Operated Laptop Delayed

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Google has announced that it will delay the launch of its eagerly awaited laptop, powered by the Chrome operating system. The laptop will now be released in 2011 due to a number of bugs and unfinished features. Meanwhile, a pilot programme will be put in place for early adopters, developers, and users who are used to working with beta software. They will be given an unbranded black notebook, called the Cr-48.

Google Chrome OS differs from traditional operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS-X by using cloud computing technology aimed at users who spend most of their time on the Web. Based on Linux, Chrome OS will not be available as a download to run and install. Furthermore, it’s user interface will take a minimalist approach similar to that of the Chrome Web browser.

In a bid to make the operating system “the most secure OS ever shipped to users”, security will be top priority, with regular and automatic updates for users. In addition, Google intends to use a program called “verified boot” on Chrome OS devices, so as to prevent modification and compromise of the system. However, unlike Microsoft’s Windows OS, the Chrome OS will be given free to Google’s hardware manufacturing partners. Thus, consumer devices from Acer and Samsung are expected on the market when the operating system is released for sale in 2011.

Talking Point

Can Google successfully challenge Microsoft and Apple in the operating systems market?

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13 Comments

  1. I cannot wait to try this cloud computing technology from Google. My only problem with this though is if you are mobile and situated on an area with no internet connection. Could you possibly do at least some sort of offline wordprocessing or spreadsheet work? Thanks!

      1. I am led to believe that working offline on a chrome-operated laptop is sort of self-defeating particularly as it is generally a cloud-based OS.

  2. Its a great idea of course but, as we all suspect the thin-client cloud computing generation of OS is very likely to have a single point of failure which is of course the Internet connection it depends upon.

  3. I’ve been reading a lot about this, but found so many arguments for and against it that I can’t make up my mind. Will this be a reliable computing technology?

    1. Although it is still a while away. Like everything else, cloud computing technology has its pluses and minuses however, the tipping point might be whether the positives outnumber the negatives.

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