I own a netbook with Windows XP SP2 and was surfing the net a couple of days ago and say an article about Google Chrome OS, so naturally being the inquisitive person i am a searched it up and read about it. What it all boils down to is that the Google Chrome OS takes away the operating system and on first boot connects you to the internet, The internet is also where all your documents are stored by using google apps such as Google Docs. at first i thought that it was a bad idea because the thought of all your stuff being stored on the internet. but now i am leaning towards the idea that it would be good for my netbook. I want your opinion, is it a good idea or not?
Answer by Sixtennis · Feb 03, 2011 at 12:08 AM
I don't know about this Chrome OS... Something about storing everything on my computer on the internet just kind of freaks me out. Although, I think that using it for a netbook may be a beneficial idea.
Answer by TechyTJ · Feb 02, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Go for Ubuntu. It is (well in my opinion) the best distribution of linux, and is easy to use and download/install. It's got a lot more of a community than Chrome OS incase you need help and/or are wondering how to do something. It will get you into another operating system and you can still have some fun but without going too extreme. Have fun :) www.ubuntu.com
Answer by WinZatPhail · Feb 03, 2011 at 12:55 AM
I'm a fan of *buntu running on a netbook. I'm reinstalling a distro as we speak. ChromeOS is fun, fast, and surprisingly useful once you get used to it. But if it is not CONSTANTLY connected to the Internet, it quickly loses usefulness. Because it is completely cloud-based, you cannot do anything offline. I live out in the boondocks, so this is not really an option for me.
Answer by Hexadecimal · Feb 03, 2011 at 01:46 AM
ChromeOS doesn't take aware the OS at all; It is an OS. OSes manage resources such as CPU, RAM, communicate with devices such as hard drives and your video card, etc. Without an OS, it's unlikely that you'll be able to browse the internet. ChromeOS is an OS that puts the primary focus on web browsing.
It seems as though you're coming to the community with a question despite the fact that your mind is already made up. Do what you want to do, and if that doesn't work then learn from it.
Answer by Duodave · Feb 03, 2011 at 02:50 AM
ChromeOS is basically the concept of a netbook, where all the machine does is connect to the internet, then whatever you need or do is via the network.
A few years ago this didn't really work out, but it might have a chance today with better broadband available. I can see this working for specific functions, such as a kiosk or accessing your own files remotely from any location. But you're relying on the network being there, if you have no connection you're out of luck.
I don't think it will work as the exclusive OS on a machine. Maybe a form of it on a mobile network, such as a tablet. But I don't see it on a laptop or desktop machine, it doesn't sound practical.
Answer by Saby · Feb 03, 2011 at 05:38 AM
Using Google Chrome OS on a netbook is an excellent idea being developed by Google. It stores everything on the cloud and needs you to be connected to the internet all the time. All your stuff like Docs, music, pictures, everything is stored on the cloud rather than on your system. The concept is amazing but I would rather have a little bit on control on the system and how my data is placed. If I am not connected to the internet all the time then it would be basically useless. I prefer keeping my documents and private stuff on my system and also would like to keep some music because if I am unable to connect to the internet due to some reasons, I would just sit idle.
I would rather prefer using a light weight Linux based OS, something like Arch Linux and build it according to my needs. I could install the latest Google Chrome with web apps and have the functionality of Chrome OS, also I could use a light weight Desktop Environment like XFCE or Fluxbox to use the system when I am not connected to the internet. I would then be able to store my music, pictures, docs and couple of movies which I could use when not connected to the internet.
Answer by KnightZero · Feb 03, 2011 at 10:18 AM
ChromeOS is great as a netbook, but when my Cr-48 showed up, I was far from cancelling my plans for getting my Thinkpad X201. The OS is a browser and a shell - and while most of my daily routine can be done with just a browser and a shell, I loose the ability to play with the fun projects that occupy most of my free time. Can it be used as an only computer? Yes, if most of what you do is on the web, and if Google Docs type apps suit your productivity needs. The platform will leave serious power users like myself wanting a lot more, though.
I still use my Cr-48 as a netbook, but the dual booting X201 has taken over in my laptop bag for day to day use.
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