We have had many operating systems since the time of the computer began. From DOS to Windows, Mac OS to OS X, users have come to know and love some trusted friends. So why Chrome OS, what is the reason? Do we need another OS, a different kind of OS? We tackle this exciting subject with special guest Ara Wagoner on this episode of Practical Chrome.
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From The Blog Post Thursday, November 19, 2009
“Chrome OS … a fundamentally different model of computing.”
“...it's all about the web. All apps are web apps. The entire experience takes place within the browser and there are no conventional desktop applications. This means users do not have to deal with installing, managing and updating programs.”
“because all apps live within the browser, there are significant benefits to security. Unlike traditional operating systems, Chrome OS doesn't trust the applications you run. Each app is contained within a security sandbox making it harder for malware and viruses to infect your computer. Furthermore, Chrome OS barely trusts itself. Every time you restart your computer the operating system verifies the integrity of its code. If your system has been compromised, it is designed to fix itself with a reboot.”
“...obsessed with speed. We are taking out every unnecessary process, optimizing many operations and running everything possible in parallel. This means you can go from turning on the computer to surfing the web in a few seconds. Our obsession with speed goes all the way down to the metal. We are specifying reference hardware components to create the fastest experience for Google Chrome OS.”
“... we're excited to work with the open source community. We have benefited hugely from projects like GNU, the Linux Kernel, Moblin, Ubuntu, WebKit and many more. We will be contributing our code upstream and engaging closely with these and other open source efforts.”
From the project site Chromium.org/chromium-osChromium OS “... is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web.”
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