More Maybe-Screenshots of Google's Chrome OS Surface

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rodjav305

Only takes me 35 seconds for me to boot at most =D

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1337Goose

 Hey, if what we're looking at above is actually the Chrome OS, then it looks like all of the applications have been replaced by their cloud based variants (am I just late to this party?). We have GMail, Picasa, Google Earth, etc. Will those apps still work in offline mode using some variant of Google Gears, or are we just boned if we move out of WiFi range?

~Goose

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dag1992

Until most of this country is covered in wifi an OS completely based in the cloud may not be the brightest idea but at least it's a step forward.  Either way I'm neither impressed by Chrome or what Chrome OS will have to offer so far.

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MeTo

Truly i have no need for windows since i stopped playing games on PC. The only reason i still have Windows is for my daughter she likes it. I have used Linux and it works for me for what ever i need. I will gladly try chrome when it comes out. I am tired of 4 or 5 minuates boot up/shutdowns. Microsoft do you hear me now?

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DBsantos77

Lol no kidding, vista boots 10 secs slower then 7 on my machine, no 5 minutes for me on my pavilion lappy :D Boots in 30 secs in 7.

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fry

It seems MS heard you. Windows 7 boots on my 2.5 year old laptop in under 30 secs.

 

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MeTo

I will not buy another Windows OS to fix ther screw-ups.

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fry

Eh?? I'm running Vista on my gaming box, and it takes nowhere near  5 mins to boot. Don't really know what you're talking about.

But fair enough...if I didn't game, I wouldn't use Windows either.

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MeTo

I am down to 2 min boot after several tweaks which i think i should not have to do. Microsoft always proclaims "EASIER" "FASTER" "MORE COMPATIBLE" Then reality sets in they start patching "updates" "hot fixes" and it slows down. History repeats it's self.

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1337Goose

 I think that we can all agree, that no matter what OS you use, it's still better than the evil Mac OS created by the draconian Apple Inc. (which by the way seems to be advertising heavily on MaxPC). 

~Goose

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fry

I'm guessing you've probably installed/removed a ton of software, and you've never reinstalled the OS.

Windows registry... the thing that should not be.

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MeTo

Fresh install.

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nekollx

 Seriously, even my xp box, which was dieing, never took more then 5 minutes to boot AND be usable. And that was a pentium 4that was self destructing.

 

And my vista laptop.

 

Never a blur screen in 3 years and numerous hardware RMAs

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nekollx

 Microsoft do you hear me now?

Sorry your thinking of the Virizon FiOS ;)

 

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bland

I know this will cause a lot of debate, but I think a simple Os done right could become very popular.  So far there's the mac os which is great from what everyone says, but it's limited to macs.  There's windows, which is good, but no one can say its simple.  It is bloated and huge.  Startup takes forever, and shitdown takes just as long.  Then there's linux, which is so terrible they can't even give it away.  (really they can't)

 

If they keep this os simple I can't wait to try it.  Most of my time on computers at work is researching on the internet, and reading up documents.  Maybe make it a extemely quick startup, where you can do the most basic of tasks which 90% of the population use their computers for, then have the option to boot into windows if you want to do more complex things.

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1337Goose

 First of all, I really resent that Linux comment, but I'm not looking for a flame war. 

A barebones OS is a novel concept, but it really screws the average Joe/Jane when he/she need to be able to do something remotely advanced with his/her computer. Think about it, Microsoft Word has hundreds of features that you may never touch, but there's at least one person out there using each of those features, that's why Microsoft can't remove them, and that's why Word has so much mass market appeal. What's my point? Does it really make sense to drop so many features from an OS, that in the end, all you're left with is a web browser? What if you want to do some customization, or do something a little advanced, isn't it better to have advanced features at your disposal, perhaps hidden in the background?

Food for thought, no? 

~Goose

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fry

The Linux comment is stunningly ignorant and rather comical... especially since the Chrome OS is nothing more than a simplified GUI built on a Linux kernel.

Hang on...I need to go "shitdown" my PC. Does anyone have a towel?

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dracx619

<Hang on...I need to go "shitdown" my PC. Does anyone have a towel?>

 comment of the day hands down... i laughed so hard i nearly shit myself. i think ill take that towel

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comptech08

then that person should use a OS that fits their needs.  Every OS has a place.  The chrome OS is for more of the netbook range, not for businesses to use.  You can't compare the chrome os to something like windows or Word for that matter (that is not even a OS its a program).

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1337Goose

Sorry, perhaps I was somewhat unclear with my Microsoft Word analogy. What I meant to say is that having a host of features makes the OS more appealing to a greater number of people. My OS has notepad and calculator, yours only has calculator. Therefore my OS is appealing to people who use notepad, calculator, or both. Whereas your OS is only appealing to people who use Calculator. Get it? 

But yes, I do see your point, although I don't totally agree with it. I have a netbook, and I use it a lot. It actually came with a minimalist Linux based OS installed. I scrapped that piece of junk OS right out of the box. 

Yet, I'm sure there are at least some people out there who don't need anything more from their OS than a web browser. However, I don't really think that it's a sizable piece of the market.

If this OS goes the way of the Chrome browser, in my eyes at least, it will be a novelty item for the first few weeks, then it will take its place with the users who really don't find it annoying to have fewer features built in.

[EDIT] Why can't you compare this OS to Windows, or a Linux distro? Windows 7 is designed to scale down to netbook capacity, and there have been netbook remixes of various Linux distros for a long time now.  

Also, most people that bought early Linux based netbooks were put off by the fact that their new computers wouldn't run their Windows software. What's my point? Most average users like Windows because it's what they're used to. Power users prefer operating systems which give them a lot of opportunity for customization. Chrome OS doesn't fit into either category.

~Goose

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nekollx

 to be fair GoogleOS would probably come with a full suit of Google apps so peoples incompatibility would be kinda low with Goggle Docs (maybe open office), Chrome and the like the only problem would be games...

 

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bland

This went well.  Like some of you mentioned, every OS has its place.  I don't really dislike linux, and I do use it at my company for servers.  I was mearly stating facts.  Some people use it, but windows is still the standard os of choice.  As much as people complain about it, they still don't see any other alternatives.  For the google os it will almost certainlyhave webdocs, which covers the basic word editing and everything else the office suite can do.  I don't think it will ever replace windows, but for something lite, that can have the option to boot into windows for more advanced tasks, It hink it would work out really well.

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1337Goose

I think that Google Docs is in no way ready to compete with Microsoft Office. Open Office certainly comes closer, but as a Linux and Windows user, I know that Microsoft Office is a full fledged Office suite that really cannot be emulated by any other available Office Suite.

When  you've been using Windows all your life, there are definitely teething pains when you switch operating systems, and for many people, it's just more convenient sticking with what you're used to.

~Goose

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nekollx

 all true points my main comment was those Linux distros didn't really come withthe stuff people needed so when they tried to install their stuff then got WTF RAGEQUIT.

 It would be like selling somone a MacBook and then neglecting to metion "sorry windows programs wont work in a mac"

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1337Goose

I think Google might neglect to tell their users that Windows binaries wont run on the shiny new Chrome OS. Which might ultimately lead to some "ragequit" as you put it.

~Goose

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nekollx

 naaaa i think they will promoti it as a beta for the next 5 years, see what people want, add that and then release it constomed to the market, saying at first "your windows files wont work because this is only a beta" and by the end they would have some sort of built in WINE

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1337Goose

Lol @ the Beta for 5 years comment. However, WINE isn't really a magic silver bullet. It works for some applications, but it totally chokes on others. 

~Goose

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To0nces

Yeah I have to say that overall, Wine is kind of disappointing. I've heard the Linux crowd praise Wine and say how it can run virtually any Windows software. But, that's actually far from the truth. A lot of stuff just doesn't work and it takes time for new apps or games to be supported.

It's a great program, but for someone who needs the latest software and games with no hassle, Wine doesn't cut it.

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1337Goose

Is it just me, or is anybody else totally not excited about the Chrome OS?

I agree with Walt Mosspuppet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57LuqfbEVyU 

~Goose

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comptech08

Maybe its not worth it and maybe it is, but Google has such a great rep i will try anything google at least once.  So i guess you could say i am a little excited to see how it performs, but not going to be crazy about it.

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nekollx

 especialy since it will probably be free...

Does Google actually have any pay-for producets at all or is it all ad revenue?

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