Murphy's Law: Can Chrome OS Beat Windows? Can Anyone?



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i realize that the point made about nintendos gamecube was a side note but i must say that, although it may have bombed on the market, i find it to be one of the best systems. It stands up to more use and abuse than any other system I've found.



They include a free copy of Windows with every PC purchase: Dell. And corporations like buying volume from them...



I agree with most of your points, and would add another; most of these open-source OSs aren't focused enough.  That is, they tend to hop from one new functionality to another without honing what's already there (or sometimes, it could take forever).  IMO, Linux doesn't "feel" as solid as Windows and OS X - but that might be because they aren't being paid to deliver a polished product.

If Chrome OS is to beat Windows, I think they need to shift their definition of the Cloud.  Instead of developing a system entirely dependent on an internet connection and server stamina, they need a system in which you can sync your data across all your hardware; the cloud would serve as a backup and syncing system - not a mission-critical one.  I think many people would be much more interested in an OS that can automatically sync all their programs and data, each time they upgrade their computer or its hardware.


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ChromeOS is identical to Win7 in almost every way, so the question "Can ChromeOS beat Windows?" is a good question. We just have to define at what things are supposed to beat other things. For example. Can an orange beat an apple. The answer is "yes, absolutely." 



1) Hardware support even MORE restrictive than Mac OS (SSDs only? Sure, when I get the 400 mortgages to buy one and have more than 4 bytes of space)
2) Clouds are bull (I prefer to be able to use my computer and NOT have all my data stored in some random server instead of in the hard drive in the computer and backed up onto an external hard drive every few days)
 Oh yeah, and that bit about one hard drive crash not bringing the cloud down? What if the cloud's storage fails? Then, you have a bunch of unusable machines instead of all of them save the one with a failed HDD usable. Redundant drive arrays and frequent backup fix that problem.

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As others have mentioned, it's unlikely that a business will ever truly convert to the cloud full-time, because of security and all. Which means the cloud has limited application. As far as I know, the cloud is Chrome's selling point (or one of them anyway).



On a one to one comparison, anything open sorce is much lower cost but if there is something that you can not do that you are used to doing or something that does not work the cost factor goes out the widow (sic). Not being able to acomplish a mission critical task, something that you always used to be able to do makes you want to through that free or cheap software or even that Mac out the proverbial WIndow. I know, I have been there.



OK, I am not sure where you are going with this.  As you have stated in the past, Chrome OS is not really an Operating System, it is really a modified browser.  There is no Operating System to handle and attached peripherals, so no attached printer, disk drive etc.  It looks like they have positioned this as a phone/tablet/netbook OS, not a replacement for a desktop.  Can you imagine a business that would agree to have no local storage, just storage on the internet, with no control over their data at all?  If you can, can you imagine how long they would last when there is an DOS attack, or internet outage.

The world as I see it is divided into 2 camps.  One camp uses a computer for "real" work most of the time.  This could be at work or at home.  The other camp uses a computer for "play" and seldom if ever does any "real" work using a computer.  The latter is where Chrome OS is applicable.  I don't know the numbers, but if you have need to do ""real" work, Chrome OS, or anything like it, will never work. A real OS will always be necessary.



The world as I see it is divided into 2 camps.

You are overlooking the 3rd camp, those like myself who use PCs extensively at work for work AND at home for play.  I'll bet I'm not the only one.



2 cents from an non IT guy.

My company switched all 12,000 of us to Google Docs over the last year. We still have to have MS Office for  most files created outside of Google Docs because Google docs has issues with some files for some reason. We use Gmail across the board and it is better than the Lotus Notes we had before, but when it goes down, and it does, you can't access your emails because they aren't stored on your harddrive. Google Chrome browser doesn't work with any of our HR, support, or CRM sites, so we have to use Firefox or IE8 for those.

 It just seems that most things from Google are in a prolonged beta stage. The seem to jump from one thing to another. I was looking at a Droid from Motorola and it was decent, but I am still going to wait a bit longer and hope that iphone comes to Verizon.

 The best things from Google are the search engine(although I find myself using Bing more and more) and Google Earth.




A few big issues come to mind.

1.) Training. If you're going to switch operating systems you need to retrain your employees on how to use it. Until they learn expect productivity to plummet.

2.) Software. The biggest reason why companies stick with Windows is because that's the platform their software runs on. Switch the OS and you have to switch software. Which brings us back to #1. Not to mention the time, energy, and cost of converting existing files.

3.) The Cloud. I would be uneasy about having my entire office running on a cloud. Not only would it put a real strain on the Internet connection, what happens if the network or net goes down? Everything comes to a grinding halt for everyone. 



  Before Windows, even before the IBM PC, there was chos. Everybody who built a computer had its own operating system, its own software, and its own hardware that was not compatible with anybody else's. And they were expensive!

 Never knock the Wintel platform as it has brought the computer to the home, to work, and to the world for 30 years. Can Chrome OS say the same? Let's give it another 30 years and see who is still around...



 Absolutely! Not to mention the fact that even today a lot of proprietary business software will only run on Windows.

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