Chrome OS: What you need to know

Today, Google officially announced Chrome OS at a special event for the new operating system. Chrome OS has been a long time coming, but until today, there's been no official announcement on any of the details, even though early builds were floating around the web. Here's a quick run down on what Google is touting right now.

"Nothing but the web" encompasses Google's vision for Chrome OS. The idea behind the new operating system is as simple as it sounds: everything is done within the browser. Google says that the OS will be easy to use, and quick too -- initial setup takes less than 60 seconds -- as well as recovery from sleep being instant.  The OS is automatic updating, and sandboxes everything, so you know your data is secure.

The search giant has even considered hackers too, with the company including a feature called "Verified Boot" which checks for system modifications and reverts to an earlier version of Chrome OS to repair itself.

  

Citrix has partnered with Google to deliver further functionality to the OS, with Google demonstrating Excel running in a browser, thanks to the magic of Citrix. Even heavier applications, such as "Solidworks eDrawings," a CAD application, are able to work using the technology, but Citrix didn't go into detail just yet.

    

Google is creating their own netbooks too, stating that they want users to "always be connected with a Chrome OS netbook," according to Engadget. Google has partnered with Verizon to offer 100MB of free data every month for Chrome Netbook owners, and unlimited access for a day is only $9.99. The netbook features a 12.1" screen, 3G data, an "oversized" trackpad with a full sized keyboard, 802.11n dual-band Wifi, 8+ hours of battery life, 8+ days of standby battery life, and a webcam. There's no caps lock, apparently due to users' comments about the key being annoying.

If you want to apply for the "Chrome OS pilot program," you can go here and sign up, but only if you're in the US. Also, if you really want to be one of the first to try the platform and can handle the ridicule of the internet, you can audition on Google Chrome's Youtube channel, too.

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This operating system coming from the very same company who publicly stated that no one uses their computers for anything else, except browsing the web. What a joke. Just shows how out of touch with reality Google really is.

Just downloaded the latest release candidate ISO from Google's page. So far I can tell you that it's based on Linux. The Live image appears to be based on and built with Suse Linux. It even has a very barebones and ugly version of the Gnome Desktop Environment. The only difference is that upon startup it booted Chrome and had a fancy little tab with icons in it, but you could still minimize it and run the normal Linux apps they put in there as well. It's actually installing in a virtual machine at the moment, we'll see if the actual installed version is any better, but so far I'm not really impressed. Given, it is a "Release Candidate" and not a final product.

Google Chrome OS demoed with MS Office Web Apps...
Anyway I like the concept but I am not sure how will this work away from a good internet connection and in addition even the office web apps do not compare to the actual desktop version of office

I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about. From what I've gathered, devices running Chrome OS are little more than thin clients running a browser. Aside from the inclusion of the browser, how is it any different from a WYSE terminal? I predict this will go the way of Wave....

I am a windows guy, but I must say I am looking forward to this release. A computer always connected to the internet would be extremely useful, albeit the 100mb limit. I am looking forward to how Windows 8 will incorporate the cloud and all. It will be a good next few years for the computer industry, can't wait!

jasonon said,
A computer always connected to the internet would be extremely useful

Quite few people already have that capability. . .so it proves nothing in the long run.

jasonon said,
A computer always connected to the internet would be extremely useful

My 2 year old Dell Inspiron has GPRS capability. I just plug in my GSM chip and voila. Windows locally, data locally and SkyDrive... where is the revolutionary design? I agree it is a nice type of cloudbook to have, but in the end it needs to make financial sense for the individual. They should have gone the route of Amazon with the Kindle, completely free 3G.

The Professionals:
1. Photographer
2. Publishing, Graphics & Printing
3. Engineering (electrical, building, etc.)
4. CAD programs, structural designers (houses, buildings (small, large, huge, etc.))
5. Ship builders
6. Larger data based corporations
The list can go on for. . but I think the point is made. The cloud is not going to be used by companies who have to depend on large and special software to do their daily business. The cloud is not going to replace the desktop/server based corporate computer use.

Pam14160 said,
The Professionals:
1. Photographer
2. Publishing, Graphics & Printing
3. Engineering (electrical, building, etc.)
4. CAD programs, structural designers (houses, buildings (small, large, huge, etc.))
5. Ship builders
6. Larger data based corporations
The list can go on for. . but I think the point is made. The cloud is not going to be used by companies who have to depend on large and special software to do their daily business. The cloud is not going to replace the desktop/server based corporate computer use.

Sadly, there are people out there that think this will have Microsoft closing up shop within a year (Yeah right).

Frylock86 said,

Sadly, there are people out there that think this will have Microsoft closing up shop within a year (Yeah right).

It could, because Microsoft's planning the same **** for Win8, playing right into Google's hands.

Jebadiah said,
It could, because Microsoft's planning the same **** for Win8, playing right into Google's hands.

What same ****?

Jebadiah said,
It could, because Microsoft's planning the same **** for Win8, playing right into Google's hands.

No they are not, Win8 stays a fully compatible offline client, with just allot of cloud functions, I.E. intergration of Live Essentials and other of MS's online functions/services.

The Caps lock button is gone for 3 reasons:

1. Yes, people think it's anoying.
2. IT'S WORSE WHEN YOU GET INSIGHTFUL COMMENTS LIKE THIS ON YOUTUBE.
3. They used this prime keyboard real estate for a more commonly used function: opening a new search in a tab.

$9.99 a day for the data plan?? Are they mad. So if I want to use my laptop daily it will cost me $300 a month??? They can shove it, thank you. I'll stay with my Win7 net book that cost me only $400 and wait a few seconds longer to boot for free.

vhaakmat said,
$9.99 a day for the data plan?? Are they mad. So if I want to use my laptop daily it will cost me $300 a month??? They can shove it, thank you. I'll stay with my Win7 net book that cost me only $400 and wait a few seconds longer to boot for free.
Can you not read? Its 9.99 a MONTH for the data plan from Verizon. It's not like you need 3G 24/7 everywhere, right?

Haptic said,
Can you not read? Its 9.99 a MONTH for the data plan from Verizon. It's not like you need 3G 24/7 everywhere, right?

Oops a month.. my bad... still any time I am occasionally out of a WiFi connection I'll need that plan to get to my data and/or programs. One never knows when you'll be outside of a WiFi connection, even if it is once a month, it adds up. So what are you saving really?

Meh.. I was around for Java workstations, For thin Clients, for the first, second, third, fourth (and countless more) generations of windows citrix/remote/thin clients.. They all suck because they're all impersonal, controlled, restricted and end up being more expensive than a general computing device.

Not to mention damn slow... I just had a session on exceed and a linux server with a delay time of 687s.... wtf o_O lol

blahism said,
Meh.. I was around for Java workstations, For thin Clients, for the first, second, third, fourth (and countless more) generations of windows citrix/remote/thin clients.. They all suck because they're all impersonal, controlled, restricted and end up being more expensive than a general computing device.

But you did miss the Win2k8R2 remote app features?

i was thinking along the line if they ever ship the netbook

i will just format it and install windows

Ci7 said,
i was thinking along the line if they ever ship the netbook

i will just format it and install windows

Good luck installing windows without, AFAIK, a decent sized hard drive!!!!!

I think that the OS looks pretty cool, and I'll probably play around with it on my netbook. But I don't see myself spending money on this.

Euphoria said,
Cloud computing.... Say bye bye to your privacy.....

Thankfully my complete online biography; including how I wear my wife's underwear and fly around the bedroom like batman; is safely protected under my Facebook account. Cloud computing is the devil when you've got the kind of safety I got.

Good luck with that.... It's a whole new generation thats messed up.... Facebook, Myspace, Hi5,... get a life....

Cloud computing might be good for intranetworking, might save some money to big corporations, but for public usage is a big no, no....

Laugh all you want, you'll be reading in the news in a year or two.

Euphoria said,
Good luck with that.... It's a whole new generation thats messed up.... Facebook, Myspace, Hi5,... get a life....

Cloud computing might be good for intranetworking, might save some money to big corporations, but for public usage is a big no, no....

Laugh all you want, you'll be reading in the news in a year or two.

Without a doubt, but what my main point was, that in terms of public usage is don't put anything out there that you wouldn't advertise on the front lawn of your property. It's going to be no worse than what it is now with Facebook, MySpace ect. When you advertise your life on the internet regardless of how secure or insecure the network is, there is always risk and IMO your privacy goes out the door.

stormchaser2010 said,

Without a doubt, but what my main point was, that in terms of public usage is don't put anything out there that you wouldn't advertise on the front lawn of your property. It's going to be no worse than what it is now with Facebook, MySpace ect. When you advertise your life on the internet regardless of how secure or insecure the network is, there is always risk and IMO your privacy goes out the door.

Tell that to the average Joe, the regular "AOL User", that will use Googles servers to store it's expenses, banking statements, legal documentation and pictures.

Euphoria said,

Tell that to the average Joe, the regular "AOL User", that will use Googles servers to store it's expenses, banking statements, legal documentation and pictures.

Assuming I have "personal" stuff on google's sever (which I do), which scenario is most likely: Google account gets hacked and someone gets my data OR someone steals my PC at home and get my data. Second one far more likely I think. The more people that store stuff in the cloud, the less likely it's going to happen to you anyway. It's the future, good luck living in your cave.

SuperHans said,

Assuming I have "personal" stuff on google's sever (which I do), which scenario is most likely: Google account gets hacked and someone gets my data OR someone steals my PC at home and get my data. Second one far more likely I think. The more people that store stuff in the cloud, the less likely it's going to happen to you anyway. It's the future, good luck living in your cave.


One guy has to hack into google's server, and he has information for thousands of users.
Unlike in RL, where u cant break into thousands of homes at once

and why do i got white text with white background in the replybox -.-

I was just watching all the videos about chrome os and that got me thinking. If we'll have this kind of OS in future, people might become retarded. Since everything is so easy that you don't have to do anything except watch few idiot doing idiotic thing online.

Neo003 said,
I was just watching all the videos about chrome os and that got me thinking. If we'll have this kind of OS in future, people might become retarded. Since everything is so easy that you don't have to do anything except watch few idiot doing idiotic thing online.

I would rather click on next to install something than to figure our how to install something via command prompt/console/etc

Simplifying is the next best thing you can do besides doing it old school.

Neo003 said,
I was just watching all the videos about chrome os and that got me thinking. If we'll have this kind of OS in future, people might become retarded. Since everything is so easy that you don't have to do anything except watch few idiot doing idiotic thing online.

That just means more people who will pay you to fix it when they have a problem.

stablemist said,

I would rather click on next to install something than to figure our how to install something via command prompt/console/etc

Simplifying is the next best thing you can do besides doing it old school.

User friendly is good. User friendly with no option to fall back on a CLI is bad. It makes tech support easier.

stablemist said,

I would rather click on next to install something than to figure our how to install something via command prompt/console/etc

Simplifying is the next best thing you can do besides doing it old school.


Windows doesn't have command prompt/console/etc.

I can't shake the feel of a bad idea everytime i read about it. No local storage? Data plans? As long as devices are netbooks indeed i want a netbook, not a CLOUDBOOK thing. Welcome tablets with keyboards.

thartist said,
I can't shake the feel of a bad idea everytime i read about it. No local storage? Data plans? As long as devices are netbooks indeed i want a netbook, not a CLOUDBOOK thing. Welcome tablets with keyboards.

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thartist said,
I can't shake the feel of a bad idea everytime i read about it. No local storage? Data plans? As long as devices are netbooks indeed i want a netbook, not a CLOUDBOOK thing. Welcome tablets with keyboards.

This is also spyware on Googles part. They will have access to everything you do and save, and they will keep it forever.

Xenosion said,

Somehow I doubt you have merely 128bps. Perhaps 128Kbps?

hahahaha that's an epic fail... yes u're right, missed the K

eliokh said,

hahahaha that's an epic fail... yes u're right, missed the K


Even with the K. That's major failage connection.

Does it actually use the supposed ChromeOS keyboard with a dedicated Search button and malformed Backspace/Enter/arrow keys?

Aethec said,
Does it actually use the supposed ChromeOS keyboard with a dedicated Search button and malformed Backspace/Enter/arrow keys?

It's on the site, in the default homepage for Chrome w/ the tutorials.

You can edit this function, but I DOUBT THIS LEAVES A VERY INSIGHTFUL COMMENT!

Only 8+ hours?! What kind of CRAP is that?

My Asus netbook running a complete operating system (Windows 7) gets that much! How much power does that "operating system" suck?

Mr aldo said,
Only 8+ hours?! What kind of CRAP is that?

My Asus netbook running a complete operating system (Windows 7) gets that much! How much power does that "operating system" suck?

It's a developer device, I doubt they really focused on battery life too much.

You mean netbooks that you'd probably want to carry around with you? And would therefore hit upon a place (or many, depending on where you live) where the chance of getting an internet connection is less than the chance of being eaten by a bear?

Seems more suited to pseudo-mobile devices, such as iPads (like that'd happen) that people actually spend more time using in their own homes than carrying around.

hounsell said,
You mean netbooks that you'd probably want to carry around with you? And would therefore hit upon a place (or many, depending on where you live) where the chance of getting an internet connection is less than the chance of being eaten by a bear?

Seems more suited to pseudo-mobile devices, such as iPads (like that'd happen) that people actually spend more time using in their own homes than carrying around.

As long as you stay in the city you should be fine. People in the boonies need not apply.

ViperAFK said,
It will probably work great for netbooks, but I would never consider using it on anything else.

The Chrome site tells us that Verizon's partnered w/ Google to provide cheap internet access via 3G networks...
i might be wrong, but this would be just as reliable as your 3G iPhone?

stablemist said,

That sounds both delicious and disgusting at the same time.


Along the same line as peanut butter on apples. I'm gonna try that...

had a popup in my chrome home asking me if i went to participate in there pilot program

it is odd that they ask what country i am from , but for a starter they requested that i do be US resident

Ci7 said,
had a popup in my chrome home asking me if i went to participate in there pilot program

it is odd that they ask what country i am from , but for a starter they requested that i do be US resident


I still applied

Well, in a sense he's right. What is there to know we didn't know already really? It's an operating system that exists out of a single Chrome browser window and that's where it basically stops...

.Neo said,
Well, in a sense he's right. What is there to know we didn't know already really? It's an operating system that exists out of a single Chrome browser window and that's where it basically stops...
And that sounds great to me!

AWBrian said,
And that sounds great to me!

see this is were you lost me? you want to by a web browers???

tell me you have a smart phone right?

I got a notification in my browser (Chrome Dev, updated today to 9.0.597.10) about half an hour ago and signed up for the Pilot Program. Hope I get one!! =)

vaximily said,
I got a notification in my browser (Chrome Dev, updated today to 9.0.597.10) about half an hour ago and signed up for the Pilot Program. Hope I get one!! =)

I got it too, not long ago. I read it as some kind of new web service and applied for it. Then I realised it was a notebook as in small laptop and I was like waaaaaaah?

Then I realised that it's US only and I was all like awwww.