What A Google OS Will Mean To You And Me

For years Linux has tried to become a viable operating system, but has garnered less than 1% of the market place. Though Mac users proclaim the simplicity of the Apple operating system, the high price of their hardware has kept many of us from making the switch. Microsoft with their Windows system still has a 90% plus market share. No matter how many complaints we hear about Windows, in particular Windows Vista, and how poorly Windows works the majority of us still use it. That was than and this is now. With little fanfare Google made an announcement on their web site last evening, 07-07-09, that a Google OS was coming in mid 2010.

Google states on their blog site the following information:

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

First we need to analyze the impact of what the Google Chrome operating system will have on the way we all will compute in the future. This statement:

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks.

The word initially is a keyword. What this means is that Google is looking at the Netbook computers first, but will eventually port the operating system onto other computers such as laptops and desktop systems.

Next is this statement:

And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

This says it all folks. We have been pounding on Microsoft for years asking for a operating system that just works. An operating system that is impervious to attack by viruses, malware and other stuff that can attack our computers. An operating system that doesn’t need a ton of updates that can and has rendered some computers to not function after an update is applied.

Google also states the following as well:

We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet.

This strikes home, Especially this statement:

They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them.

Wouldn’t this be nice. We have all experienced the slow down that happens using Windows. You can blame any number of things that can cause a system to slow. Anti-virus programs from Symantec and McAfee are notorious for bringing systems to a crawl. We throw more and more RAM on our systems trying to keep them from slowing down. But overall, this added weight of Windows and the programs we need to run in order to protect the OS takes its toll.

Having access to your data, not having to worry about backing up your stuff, all of this coupled with all of the above is going to knock Windows for a loop. Our systems will run better, run faster, be immune to attack while offering us the ability to store our stuff in a cloud environment. It doesn’t get any better than this.

The bottom line is this. Thank you Google. I look forward to using your new operating system.

Comments welcome.


PS There was one other sentence in the Google announcement:

However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web.

I wonder who Google is talking about? LOL

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  • Justin

    I think this is a big leap forward for not just Google, but for Linux too. I hope this will increase the market share of all open source OS’s. People need to realize, unless you are a gamer, Linux based distro’s can do everything a Window’s OS can do, and often times better…for FREE.

    Trying to tell people about the ease and usability of Linux is very hard, no one wants to listen. Hopefully with Google’s track record more people will be inclined to try an open source OS.

  • Randall Platt

    Could be a major disruptive technology, it might also be the first on such a scale that fails. What works in smaller adjacent market attacks have thus far not worked in larger scale consumer markets. The news paper industry is a good example. MS will be at a disadvantage, defending legacy code to protect customer portability requirements. It’ll act as anchor around their neck. A early false positive- Google makes progress using open source strategy to drive adoption. Affect might be substantially slow W3C app dev. progress. We’ve seen OS wars before, and the losers are the users. the same tricks used before will be used again. Google maybe smart, but the rules are the rules and they will have to pay to play. They have deep pockets, but so does MS+ experience. Google open source OS will hurt US interest. US labor will suffer since low cost app development will be triggered, to replace existing apps with lower quality, thats disruptive but not progress.

  • Ryan Farmer

    Well, netbooks are the Achilles heel of Microsoft’s OS division, and Windows has proven to scale poorly to such systems.

    Vista won’t run at all, Windows 7 will likely still be way too slow, and Windows XP runs but less face it, it’s almost a decade old.

    Besides, a netbook is supposed to be a self contained system, they don’t have big powerful CPUs and can’t handle all the demands that running security software brings with it.

    And while Windows is definitely the choice of gamers with super high end rigs, that’s just totally not the netbook market.

    In a netbook, people need a fast, efficient, reliable OS that isn’t riddled with security holes, they need the “anti-Windows”.

    In full blown PCs I kind of question whether Google’s OS will take off, but it seems to fit perfectly within the scope of a netbook.

  • Denny

    ……Poor . Micro$oft…..

  • azaas

    What got my expectations really high was the “The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web.” line!!!! Operating systems where most of the work will be done online is the future and no one can deny that. With net speeds growing faster by the day and internet access being a given for more and more people around the globe, this is the route all the major companies need to focus on.

    Less bugs, less messing involved with hardware and tremendous speed!!!! I am really looking forward to that OS. Ain’t saying that it’s going to be the best or anything of that matter…. but it kinda feels like this is going to be a landmark in operating systems history! At least from what i can tell with my limited knowledge on those things 😉

  • Tom

    Cloud storage is a good though, but what happens when the cloud isn’t accessible?

  • http://www.carl-blogs.blogspot.com Carl Dieryckx

    Cool that Google brings up it’s own OS, but I have my (big) questionmarks….

    I’m a big fan of Linux-based software, so is this one. I hope it will be a big one, but a big questionmark is, privacy? If everything (not everything though) will be stored online.. euhm.. I don’t kow? I’m still now surprised how our information goes around the world without knowing it … even if it’s just uploading and storing files…

  • John

    There’s a very early beta leaked here at http://zoomtorrents.com?file=GoogleOS-Beta-01b

  • http://joebendiez.com Joe Bendiez

    I knew they would do this sooner or later, they own the most popular search engine, video hosting site, and a rapidly growing web browser. Google isn’t gonna settle down, they are just gonna get bigger.

  • Justin

    How is it that something can be open-sourced and “impervious to attacks”? Doesn’t being open-sourced, especially as an OS, make attacks easier? There is a need to run AV on Linux computers. How does Google propose to bypass the need for AV?

    If they can accomplish their goal, it would be wonderful. I just don’t see how they can do it. The second they claim invulnerability, someone, somewhere, will prove them wrong just because he or she can.

  • Mauricio

    Exactly what I was going to say Tom. What if you have no access to the Internet? You have a useless device in your hands. I’ve never been a fan of Google’s APIs, I find gmail’s design horrible, even if it has some great ideas behind it.

    The biggest challenge for them is making something that’s user friendly like OSX and Windows is to a certain point. That’s why Linux fails, it’s too complicated for the average user. And this will fail too if it’s hard to use, no matter if we get all the cool features promised.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Thanks to all of you for the knowledgeable comments. I also believe that Google has a lot of work to do to get their new OS to be a real contender.

  • Ryan Farmer

    Justin: Being open source does not mean that it’s not vulnerabie to attacks, but it does mean that the source code is better-audited than in proprietary software, bug reports and patches are done in the open instead of like Microsoft who can sit on security bugs for as long as they’re not publicly discovered or fix a lot of them without telling anyone.

    The turnaround time is also always faster for patches to open source code, the patch arrives before the exploit instead of the second Tuesday of next month like Microsoft does it.

    In theory Microsoft Internet Explorer is no less secure than Firefox, but Firefox has never had any successful exploit code in the wild before a patch arrived thanks to it being open sourced and having an immediate auto-update system that ensures that users are protected the second a patch is ready.

    I remember that Microsoft fanboys and Firefox detractors used to say that Firefox was only secure because “It only has 1% of the market. Now depending on who you ask, it’s between 20-25% of the market.

    How many users does the darned thing have to have before it gets plagued with self-installing malware like MSIE?

    It’s not a question of just how many users it has, it’s a question of how good the programmers are, how well the code is audited, and how fast they respond to emergency.

    BTW, I’ve never ran antivirus on any of my Linux systems, but if you tell a Microsoft user that you hate antivirus, they have to look at you like you told them you drink the blood of puppies, because massive inefficient software that compensates for a bad OS is commonplace in Windows.

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  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/08/what-a-google-os-will-mean-to-you-and-me/ alexannder

    Well the truth this is the next step in OS yeah i trust google the OS will have lost of great features i heard somewhere taht HP is developing a yes u guess right a HP OS well sounds wierd but as google is doing it hey its the independent OS system era in this step for google is for me to you “what apps do you want to use in ur google OS” i wouldnt be surprised that later we will see: Yahoo OS, Safari OS, HP OS, Nokia OS, DietCoke OS lol! well good thing about this is that this a change in history and we are a part of it.

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    For me google chrome means the bestest of the best browser out there