Linux Benefits from Chrome OS

The 2010 release of Google Chrome OS seems light years away, but it generated a few lively discussions on its implications of the OS wars to follow. Will Google’s Chrome OS command a market share? Or does it merely push Microsoft and Apple to move into a more web-centric approach bound to its cloud services. The Tech Czar blog seem to think of the latter.

The key to the Chrome strategy is that Google does not expect to get a large chunk of market share, what they want is to put pressure on Microsoft and Apple to add features similar to what Chrome OS has, which by nature will be very Web-centric.  This minimalist desktop approach that is tightly bound to cloud services is the core of Chrome OS, Microsoft and Apple will be forced to make adjustments that will be in Googles favor, just to compete.

Google is really in a win-win situation, as it was with their Chrome browser, that has a minimal amount of market share but was the initiator of more browser wars focused on Javascript speed and more stable browsing; both of which are central to Google’s cloud services taking off.

If that’s the case, Linux can stand pat and benefit from Google Chrome OS by virtually doing nothing. The focus seems will be on Google Chrome OS and not on Linux. This scenario doesn’t really bother Linux users like myself.

I don’t see current Linux users dropping their distribution and switching allegiance to Google Chrome OS. I’m sure, I’ll try it for curiosity’s sake. In the end, Linux users will be more supported with more and better drivers, and finally, perhaps more software written for the Linux OS. That’s a win for Linux.

It will be interesting to speculate as to what tack Google will take in the next 15 months.

4 thoughts on “Linux Benefits from Chrome OS

  1. Who is it for? People who don’t want to reinstall Windows or replace their computers every 2 to 3 years.

    No existing os is easy enough for a grandma to install. I put ubuntu on a system last week, and I had to tweak the system in order to get it to play DVD’s, flash videos, and run java.

    But at least, Ubuntu won’t develop a trashed registry and get infected by viruses, so it will stay fast and usable for a long time.

    1. Cynthia, I never had an experience where my Linux box became so slow and inoperable after months of use that the only recourse is to reinstall the OS. In Windows, I had to do reinstall many times just to get back to same performance I had when I first got the system. Plus, Linux has practically no viruses. That’s worth all the hassle in my opinion.

  2. Chrome is good for Linux, but I think you’ll see many Linux users switch to it as their main desktop. Remember that Mac OSX actually took and is still taking people away from Linux that want Unix and a more polished interface. Chrome OS may thrive in many places where people simply don’t care and are not attached to windows, mac or linux. In developing countries they would be thrilled to have the latest office apps running “fast” on their 8 year old hardware, thanks to the cloud.

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