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To much fanfare, Google announced their Chrome OS earlier this week.

Google’s philosophy of a computer that “just works” sounds very similar to Apple, but their approaches are radically different. I’m very curious (and interested) in testing one of these devices hands-on.

Thus far, the CR-48 laptop, on which Chrome was introduced on, will not be available for sale – Chrome OS machines will arrive in Spring 2011 – but you can check out the Chrome app store with the latest Chrome browser update.

Thus far, I’ve installed one app: Tweetdeck. The web version of Tweetdeck, in my subjective testing, seems to be much faster and more stable overall when compared to its Adobe AIR implementation.

As it’s a new OS, I expect to see Chrome mature. What does Chrome OS’s future hold? It’s too early to say now, but I suspect that low end Windows netbooks may have a wave of competition soon.

What do you think about Google’s new OS? How will this affect Linux users, in particular? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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  • BartimaeusReply
    December 10, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I am quite firm in my opposition to cloud computing. Unless there’s a hex-editor app for that thing, me not interested.

  • Barry BuchananReply
    December 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I used to run Linux a lecaus eot. In recent years I have not spent any time with it because it does require a fair amount of tinkering. That said I’d love to check out Chrome OS. I love alternative OSes and their potential, it makes the bigs boys pay attention. It the past I’ve used various Linux flavors, VMS, UNIX, BeOS, OS/2, OSX, etc. Now we have Droid and the iPhone/iPad OS. I dig new stuff and not for the sake of new, but I love new takes on how to do things. We were stuck with just a few OSes for a while but now they are coming back and many can run on the same hardware as opposed to the specialized hardware of the past. It’s a good time to be a geek.

  • PaldasanReply
    December 16, 2010 at 6:34 am

    So does Chrome OS come bundled with a browser? Oh how times have changed…

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