Chrome OS Could Be The GNU/Linux That Has It’s Year Sooner Rather Than Later

It might be a bit of optimism but Chrome OS could well be the GNU/Linux that takes over the desktop.“for personal computing and BYOD, it’s already happening. The Linux that’s taking over the desktop is called the Chrome OS and it will happen on the Chromebook device.” There are many who see Google as the salvation of mankind for dealing with servers and if you do everything on Google’s Cloud, ChromeOS will do the job for most of us. So far, Cloud has taken a huge share of IT and it’s growth is ensured for years to come. One of those years will the year of GNU/Linux as Chrome OS. At the rate of decline of M$’s influence (they are advertising year-round these days), this could happen in as little as a year and probably will happen within three years. Remember that Android/Linux thing that never would fly??? It did. Google knows what they are doing.

Where’s M$? Pushing an OS no one wants and selling gadgets for a living.

The real competition for Chrome OS is not M$’s legacy technology nor their cloud but Ubuntu GNU/Linux which is selling on a lot of PCs these days. Last year Google mostly flew a trial balloon in USA but this year they could reach any place on the planet with decent Internet connectivity. That covers the bulk of M$’s territory: the Americas, Europe, Asia and cities in all the rest of the emerging markets. Everywhere else is using mobile computing.

The advantages of Chrome OS for most of us are many:

  • nothing to learn but the browser – done
  • low, low, low prices – done
  • no problem with malware – Hallelujah!
  • no problem with re-re-reboots – Hallelujah!
  • no problem with updating dozens of applications and drivers – Hallelujah!

Some tout that needing connectivity is a disadvantage but no one really believes that because we are always connected all the time. Heck! I know people who are deep in the bush and can browse and phone home anyway. Some tout that local printing is an issue. If that were true, we’d all have printers. We don’t. Most of us are walking around with a PC in our pocket and rarely print anything. We can always e-mail stuff to a printer somewhere if we need more trees to kill. Doing away with paper is one of the great possibilities that Chrome OS and highly mobile computing are not only promising but delivering. I have a big, fast colour printer upstairs and I don’t remember the last time I used it. I have computers in every room and can easily view stuff with the appropriate zoom for my old eyes. Chuckle. Chrome OS may not be perfect, but it’s a damned sight closer to perfect than M$’s bloat that they told us for years was absolutely wonderful.

See Linux is about to take over the desktop but not like you think it will.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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11 Responses to Chrome OS Could Be The GNU/Linux That Has It’s Year Sooner Rather Than Later

  1. dougman says:

    Wolfie the troll, tries and tries and tries, but fails repeatedly.

    Lost job you say? My, thats a rather stretch of your foggy imagination eh?

    I’ve been on year-long planned holiday, what about you? Slapping your jaws against tide of innovation you say? Windows is superior in some strange way?

  2. oiaohm says:

    https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton
    wolfgang the big thing you miss and most of the sales people miss is the fact chrome os is not in fact just restricted to on-line applications. Developer mode is strictly not restricted.

    There is a problem with chrome os devices yes they do auto delete when you change from normal user to developer mode. But what happens if you directly access the hard drive. Its not encrypted.

    So yes as funny as it seams you need enterprise encrypted storage on a chromebook you will be flicking it into developer mode and possible doing a firmware mod to remove the 30 second boot delay and installing something Linux.

    wolfgang something to be aware of current MS Office lacks a lot of functionality when its missing Internet access. Same with a lot of issues. Back in 2003 most applications were truly stand alone installs. Problem is come forwards to 2014 the majority of the programs on Windows are no longer stand alone installs. Linux Distrobutions are still dominated by stand alone applications.

    When I say stand alone pull the Internet and the application has exactly the same functionality as with Internet connected.

  3. wolfgang says:

    …attack messenger…

    dougman maybe unable to see hole in argument. he uses tale of how he was superior warrior using chromebook and cell phone as wifi hotspot to scoop competitors and then say lost job. maybe not scoop and only look like odd ball.

    rest of dougman tale about distractors here claiming various things just straw man anyway and not really happen anywhere around here. biggest chat on site here about coding sanskrit.

  4. dougman says:

    LOL……*rolls eyes* of course you won’t discuss the merits of the post, instead you attack the messenger.

  5. wolfgang says:

    …dougman lose job…

    because not with program? how about dullards with kludge laptops? they gone too?

  6. dougman says:

    LOL…when one starts on a building, you must construct adequate footers, foundation and walls, then and only then can you build a towering structure that outshines the rest.

    The distractors here are nothing but nobody and nameless idiots that know anything about everything. They gloriously point out that there is no Office (Google Docs), Skype (Google Hangouts), Music (Youtube / Google Music) and would prefer you to purchase a RT Tablet, which M$ cannot even pay developers to create the apps to begin with.

    All you need to do is visit the Chrome App store and run a search for what you want.

    No CAD they say! https://app.autocad360.com
    No graphics editing they say! ipiccy.com
    No painting they say! http://www.sumopaint.com

    “No web-based, browser-shoed-in crap can replace the real desktop experience such systems require to be productive” …. this is the gist of their argument. Oh yes, they knoweth everything. LOL….

    But in the real world, one reads that Google and Vmware is partnering together to offer Chromebooks as reliable corporate solutions. When I held a 8-5 job sometime ago, I use to only carry my cell and chromebook with me, as I could RDP back to the company while everyone was carrying those kludgey and heavy Windows notebooks.

    Did I mention that Chromebooks run Gentoo Linux and are not capable of getting malware?

  7. wolfgang says:

    …could or does….

    good point, I think. Nexus very handy for obtaining information and entertainment. lot better than phone, I think, and not need keyboard. world texting everywhere on phone with tiny keyboard image, so big keyboard on nexus even handier to use for same apps.

    big problem with chromebook is keyboard is only real difference between tablet and chromebook. keyboard just as negative as positive, typing faster but make package big and bulky and need desk or table to use. tablet have gps and camera and other good stuff not in chromebook.
    in stores, chromebook not being aggressively sold. where wolfgang go to look, biggest store not even have connected to wifi. demo look like broken and clerk not have any story at all. in smaller store chromebook demo, but clerk not big on chromebook and tell all things bad and want to sell hp or acer instead. say apps are missing, too.

  8. Deaf Spy wrote, ” The fact is that Chromebooks continue to linger below the radar of stats 3 years after their release.”

    Date Chrome OS (%)
    2013 May 0.07
    2013 Jun 0.08
    2013 Jul 0.1
    2013 Aug 0.1
    2013 Sep 0.12
    2013 Oct 0.14
    2013 Nov 0.16
    2013 Dec 0.35
    2014 Jan 0.51
    2014 Feb 0.6
    2014 Mar 0.6
    2014 Apr 0.63

    The fact is that Google did not push Chromebooks until last year. They made a major dent in US notebooks. In one year ChromeOS increased installed base tenfold. There are hundreds of millions of desktop PCs in USA and about a million Chromebooks were sold. That’s not lingering. That’s breakout.

    Deaf Spy also wrote, ” Chromebooks have a keyboard, which implies productivity. This productivity is nowhere to be seen, because there are no applications for ChromeOS, and there will be none.”

    Don’t underestimate the browser. That’s where I do 90% of my typing. I would bet most consumers do 100%. You keep forgetting that the Internet exists and we are not alone.

  9. Deaf Spy says:

    You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts, Mr. Pogson. The fact is that Chromebooks continue to linger below the radar of stats 3 years after their release. Three years. WP did better for these three years. Even W8 did much better, despite all the hate.

    Chromebooks are great for Internet and content consumption, but so are all tablets out there. Which are cheaper, smaller, have often better battery life, more portable… In short – better. Chromebooks have a keyboard, which implies productivity. This productivity is nowhere to be seen, because there are no applications for ChromeOS, and there will be none.

    When you speak of your wife, you say “she could”. But you don’t say she “does”, don’t you? Because, there is nothing to compensate feasible image and video editing on the web. This is just the basics everyone needs at hand. The moment you come to need to produce a document, you will dump Chromebook and open your Mac or PC.

  10. Deaf Spy wrote, “Chrome lacks a peculiar feature that can make is successful – applications”.

    Deaf Spy fails to grasp that many people live on the web today and don’t use local applications. Family members do a lot of e-mail/FaceBook/browsing and little else. Most consumers, for instance, are not in business and just need a computer for things like that. There is a huge market for web-only PCs. If I had all my files on Google’s storage cloud, I could just about live with Chrome OS. The local applications I would miss might be local search/indexing, Gimp/Imagemagick, video-editor but there are ways of doing things on the web that can compensate for all of those. I could put heavy jobs on my own server or a virtual machine anyway. I do far more with computers than my Little Woman, for instance. She could live entirely on the web. Instead of accumulating her images/videos on her PC she could shift them to a cloud with no problem. The applications she has open all day long are: LibreOffice, FireFox/Chrome, file-manager, and she occasionally uses Gimp for little more than cropping or cut-and-paste. There’s nothing she would miss using the cloud. There is one family-member heavily into video-production but she is a professional, not an ordinary consumer. The most into IT uses an Android/Linux smartphone for everything outside of work, but he has great eyesight. He can tweak a server at work from the bush with that gadget. If he had a PC, what would he lack with ChromeOS?

    The huge advantage of ChromeOS for most consumers is that they should never have another re-re-reboot, malware, or hunt for drivers/applications/updates. That’s partly due to it being */Linux and partly due to Google running the show. Most consumers are NOT IT people and don’t want to manage be slaves to Wintel.

  11. Deaf Spy says:

    I am afraid Chrome lacks a peculiar feature that can make is successful – applications. There are no real applications for Chrome, apart for browsing, and a one-10th-assed insult of an Office suit. Gosh, even Skype, everyone’s favorite is not present. CAD, music, photo-editing, painting… All are non-existent. No web-based, browser-shoed-in crap can replace the real desktop experience such systems require to be productive.

    Mr. Pogson, you still fail to grasp that people do not use OSes. People use applications.

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