“Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS.” from the Official Google Blog: Introducing the Google Chrome OS.
What hardcore, web browsing, Internet addict (like me) wouldn’t want that! Google is once again rewriting (literally) the rules of the game when it comes to the world wide web.
While I wish Chrome was a bit more compatible with some sites that I visit, I very much appreciate it’s blazingly fast performance. If Google can take this same approach to simplifying while at that same time speeding up the user experience, it will be a winner. (It takes my Windows notebook anywhere from 1-3 minutes to boot-just enough time to get coffee!)
No offense to a cloud expert, Reuven Cohen, that I enjoy following on Twitter, but I think we’re taking the “cloud” too far by calling Chrome OS a “cloud operating system.”
Google makes no claim to or mention of the “cloud” in their blog post and, in fact, it makes it a point to say that the Chrome Browser will be the access to the web. Given that, Chrome OS is no more a Cloud OS than, say, Windows or MacOS.
If cloud computing is a new paradigm for delivering business applications as a service in a flexible & scalable way, I’m not sure how a lightweight “client” OS is planning on “serving” enterprise business applications much less offering the management tools & environment for scaling.
And what about Google’s App Engine they launched in April 2008 which seems to be their cloud platform? App Engine abstracts the complexity of the underlying infrastructure and allows web developers to build Python or Java-based applications and then host their apps on Google’s massive internal infrastructure. Sounds more like a cloud environment than a lightweight OS geared for netbooks.
Chrome OS offers a lot of promise for those who have a “need for speed” but we’re streching it a bit to call it a cloud OS.