Yesterday I wrote a post about Chrome OS . My purpose today is to discuss some comments which interested me - these were fairly nasty, and I got the impression that there was a very deep dislike at work. I'm not sure whether it was toward Google, Linux, cloud computing or maybe all of that!
I can certainly understand some people feeling threatened by that sort of thing and I can also appreciate that there is a definite loss of control when moving away from our traditional "fat" operating systems.
I myself have mixed feelings about this. I don't really trust "the cloud" and don't like having my data "out there". On the other hand, there are real advantages and I can definitely see myself using something in this line.
Do you see yourself using Chrome OS, an Apple Tablet or a similar device? Not necessarily as your only computer, but perhaps something always with you?
For example, I could see this replacing my cell phone in many situations. Not always, of course, but sometimes doing Skype is better than a phone.
If the machines are cheap, rugged and have long battery life, I can see that I'd rather have that with me than my "real" computer, and although I do have reservations about the Cloud, I can't deny that there are real advantages to that model.
Certainly Chrome OS shouldn't be anything Linux users fear - it is Linux, and although they mount the fs RO, you can change that instantly with a "-o remount,rw" (at least for now).
To my mind, Microsoft has the most to fear (and saying that is probably what caused one nasty comment).
So, I guess two issues here: one is the use of such OSes/devices at at all and the other is whether this is good for Linux. I'd say yes - even if potential users don't initially realize that they are using Linux!
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