Written by Pavan Kumar on July 8, 2009
So, Google announced about their new product – Google Chrome OS. Simply you may call it as Google OS. This Google OS is being discussed everywhere to be a Windows Killer as the Google Chrome was a great success in the browser industry. The entire blogosphere has got a kick with this exciting news and everyone has started blogging about the new project on Google’s desk.
Some one and a half years back there were great rumors about the Google Operating System and I too had got a number of forward emails on the same with glazing screenshots. Later on it was clear that it was not Google OS, but Good OS
[http://www.thinkgos.com/gos/index.html]. Good OS were quite intelligent in marketing that they represented it as gOS and the "g" had the same font as Google used.
Looking back about different Google products, lets start building our own image of this new Googly
Google Search Engine is always known for its simplicity. Google always cared for its simplicity, user friendliness and speed. Also Google has announced that the new OS will be faster than any available OS as Google says in its official blog –
We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them.
So, they will be light fast. Dear Google, can you make a computer (currently a netbook as you say) work like a TV? Don’t you need the hardware to run the POST and boot the system? Its wonderful – go ahead.
Security: Google cares for our secure browsing – Google search engine is always perfect just except few cases. But what did you feel about orkut? Orkut has been attacked with number of malicious scripts and number of tools were developed to overuse the social network based on the bugs associated with the system. Number of scripts just flooded the scrapbooks and also user communities. Did you feel orkut was secure? These days, the popularity and usage of orkut has been reduced greatly and obviously we don’t see much attacks after Google has learnt all lessons.
Google goes ahead of all OS manufacturers and says –
The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web.
Dear user, don’t you have internet? Don’t use our OS! To make their OS fast, they are making it minimal. Even today in developing countries like India, there are lot of users who don’t have an internet connection. If you are just using a computer for your day to day activities, Google’s fast and minimal interface may not be of your taste. May be you be ready to pay 5 minutes for Vista to load than using G-OS. If Google is planning for a graphic user version of free DOS with a chrome browser bundled, it would be a NO NO. We users need important basic features which we are addicted to use in Windows.
One more word from Google –
And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.
Does it anywhere sound that they don’t have an automatic update feature? I hope no! If one security hole is discovered, are they going to make a complete new version of OS and release it for us to download? If you can build a completely safe and secure OS, that’s great – I am very happy about that. But will you release any updates as to the changing trend of generation? I have definite doubt here because I have never seen my Google Talk prompting me to update for a newer version, nor it itself updated. If you want, better features, you have to use Google Talk Labs Edition. Is it the same here? Then lets go for Labs edition than the one you release for public.
They speak about security, but not about privacy. Google covers the major part of your online life. Even if you sneeze online, Google bots record it in their secure servers 😛 . What they did with Chrome? They added a tracker code, the same is expected to happen with their OS for sure. Lets wait for those who unchrome the OS too.
Coming to other main product for bloggers – Feed Burner. Feedburner was a great companion until it stayed away from the G – umbrella. Name me one blogger who has never had a problem with Google’s feedburner. Few complained and few did not, but feedburner had made our feed count as 0 many times for everyone.
Google, can you assure us that your new OS will be free from Ads? This is highly important for users as we don’t want to be annoyed while using our computer too!
Anyway, what I hope with this great project is that the traditional OS developers will take it seriously to make their OS work fast due to the competition.
What’s my opinion? Is it good? Definitely Yes, I wish Google a grand success.
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