We all knew it was coming. One of these days the end of the world would stare us right in the face, and I think it’s about to.
So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks…
This shouldn’t really come to any surprise since the launch of Google’s browser, Chrome. Nor should it be any surprise since most of their enterprising projects have made huge splashes on the way we work and live (online speaking). Adsense, Google Search, Google Analytics, Android, etc. Now, with their ‘success’ of Chrome (which I hate, just to clarify) they’re moving on to browsers.
The only reason I’m nervous about this is because now that they watch how we surf the next via browser analytics, they’re now going to be able to see how we work on a computer. Of course they’ll say that they’re not going to track this information, but I have my doubts that would last long.
It’s good to see, however, that they’re supporting the open source community by keeping this – open source. But again, how long will that last? Is this going under a CC license or a GPL or are they going to keep all the code for themselves and save on paying developers?
Of course this is going on netbooks only right now – but what better way to test the waters then on poor, unsuspecting high school and college kids? All they know is they have a way to IM their friends, surf the net and feel like they have a cool tool while the parents can be happy about the low price tag.
I don’t know how this is going to pan out – but my buddy Todd always feared the Google Reich. I’m starting to get that paranoia as well ..