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Google Chrome OS to compete with Microsoft

Original post made by googlewatch, News on Mountain View's largest employer, on Nov 20, 2009

Believing that every desktop computer application in use today will be based online someday, Google is developing a new computer operating system that is based on a web browser.

The [Web Link New York Times reports] that computers will be sold next year with the Google Chrome operating system, which is quite different from Microsoft Windows in that it utilizes online programs only. A prototype computer using the operating system reportedly booted up in just seven seconds.

Google seriously believes that every single computer application will be internet based someday, and that the trend is already "very, very clear." Microsoft believes otherwise, though it reportedly plans to develop new "cloud computing" features for its products as well.

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Posted by dfb
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 22, 2009 at 12:39 am

Using an Internet only computer leaves you with less control over your personal data and is a severe privacy risk. For example, data held by a third party such as Google or your bank do not receive the same Constitutional protections as data held on your personal computer. Moreover, you are at the mercy of the third party when it comes to your data. It is better to store data on your computer under your control and then create backups than to rely on companies to operate in your best interest.

If you want a free operating system, use Linux. Ubuntu Linux ( is very comparable to Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX: Web Link There is a lot of free software for Linux as well.

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