We use nothing but Google's lightweight, cloud-based OS for a week
When Google announced Chrome OS, many people scoffed at the viability of a browser-based OS. Currently, however, Chromebooks are among the most popular inexpensive computing devices today. The search giant has done a great job of making an OS that is light enough to function on entry-level Atom-based SOCs and even low-powered ARM silicon. With the launch of many new Chromebooks (click hear to find out which one we think is the best chromebook) we wanted to see if a person could survive with a Chromebook playing games, videos, word processing and more for an entire week. Read on to see how the OS fared against Windows in our seven-day challenge.
While most of us rely on applications like Microsoft Word, Scrivener or OpenOffice to get a bit of scribbling done, not everyone has a computer they can call their own, making using such slick, dedicated software difficult. One solution is to carry your work between library computer banks and internet cafes on a USB drive, but if the drive gets misplaced or corrupted, your literary efforts are hosed. Might we suggest giving Zoho Writer a go? It’s our Chrome Web App of the Week.
Does the name Tor Lillqvist sound familiar? If you use the free photo manipulation software known as GIMP on your Windows box in place of Adobe's costly Photoshop suite, you have Lillqvist to thank. He's the SUSE programmer responsible for porting GIMP to Windows and was hired by Novell to do the same with its Evolution software, and now he's turning his attention to LibreOffice.