Product Review : The Google Chrome OS

20 December, 2009 | | 1 comments |

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A very bold and unexpected announcement by Mr. Sundar Pichai, Engineering Director, Google on 7th July, 2009 made headlines in the I.T. industry worldwide and subsequently across all forms of media. That was the announcement of the Google Chrome OS. You can read about it Here and Here. The OS is set to release in the second half of 2010 initially for Netbooks but the buzz currently is so high that you see every Tom and Jerry coming with his version of the story. But indeed, the topic is so very intuitive and exciting. Developing an open-source and freeware OS which boots in seconds and delivers rich surfing experience with the Google Chrome browser at the heart of the OS is surely worth an applause. Add to it, Google also offers other valuable web services spanning across E-mail, online storage, ads, custom search, socializing, feeds, source codes, etc.

Guess what, whenever the offering is free unlike Microsoft's offerings, people forget the skepticism and the anticipation is great. And it's true in this case as well, even before the working ALPHA of Google Chrome OS hits the tester's basket rumors of Google having talks with H/W vendors like Dell, Acer, HP, etc regarding support of its OS to launching its own version of its Netbook bearing its OS just refuse to die. Google just released its source code developed till date on its Chrome OS and a couple of enthusiasts were quick to compile it and get a VM(Virtual Machine) image out of it. It also happened very quickly that a friend of mine passed this very precious stuff to me and I was prompt to try and put a review on it, though it took a lot of annoying time to get things to work. So before I start with the review I think reading a bit to clear some fallacies about Chromium projects, Chromium, Chromium OS and the Google Chrome OS would help. Perhaps this link Here will suffice.




So here I go with my very first review of Google Chrome OS :

  • The built is that of Linux on GNOME environment(written in Gtk+) with source code procured by Google from the open-source community under the GNU and GPL.
  • The OS currently boots with the presumption that you have an active Internet connection and you are kind of an user who spends a major part of his time over the Internet.
  • The OS boots up with the login screen which takes your Google Account and password to begin. When done the browser shows up, which cannot be escaped and it logs you straight into your Inbox(if you have one).


Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS
  • The browser works in a Sandbox architecture which is a core part of the OS to enforce a strict security regime. So no OS level or desktop applications tolerated like in Windows !!! But the browser comes equipped with all basic features like bookmarking, download manager, incognito mode, crashed tabs recovery, proxy settings, etc.
  • The browser has a special tab on top-left for access to all valuable web services like Google Apps, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, etc and others if needed can be added to the list. So needs like working over Office documents, mails, viewing video, social networking are easily sufficed.
  • The user doesn't have access to the system files explicitly but he can save and access any files there if he wants from the browser.
  • The browser can also bear a Theme from many possible sources.
  • So eventually, it's the browser which becomes the cynosure.


Google Chrome OS


Google Chrome OS


Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS



SHOCKING TRAUMA !!!

  • What was really surprising when I checked the additional configuration options deep down in the browser was that the OS keeps room for the user to install other browsers like Firefox, Opera, etc and you can even set them to default.

Google Chrome OS
  • The second piece of surprise was that the Google Chrome browser offers a choice on the default search provider. Yes, it's true !!! You have a choice of Google, Yahoo! and Bing at the moment.


Google Chrome OS
Well if the above two surprises does survive to find its place at the FINAL than all fingers up for Google for developing an unbiased and altruistic piece of software for the user community.



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1 comments:

roh said...

WOW mann
super!