Chrome OS



  • I've tried to install Chrome OS in VMWare, but so far I'm a bit underwhelmed. My main gripe is the fight to get it to recognise my laptop monitor; I can't set it to anything but 800x600. The boot screen offers a host of display options but ignores them (except 1024/768 which works untill the session starts) and "configure display settings" errors out. Other than that, flash crashes on the very first use, it appears to recognise my soundcard but it doesn't and install/remove software gave an ugly error the first time. Even chrome browser crashes. More of an alpha than a beta I'm afraid. Also, I don't like the interface much but maybe that's just me.

    I readily admit I'm not a Linux guru (not a total n00b either) so maybe I'm just missing obvious stuff but I figured they were aiming at the mainstream netbook market. So far, Ubuntu seems a much better choice for that. Too bad, I like the Chrome browser and I had a higher expectations.

    Anyone here have better results?



  • @b-redeker said:

    I figured they were aiming at the mainstream netbook market.

    i think they are aiming at the mainstream netbook market, but their target audience is OEMs, not consumers.   According to Google:  "We are working with manufacturers to develop reference
    hardware for Google Chrome OS."  It appears that Chrome OS isn't intended to be a general purpose OS (like Ubuntu), but more like Apple's OSX, and OEMs will build their netbooks using Google's "recommended" hardware.



  • @El_Heffe said:

    It appears that Chrome OS isn't intended to be a general purpose OS (like Ubuntu)

    Yez.

     @El_Heffe said:

    but more like Apple's OSX,

    More like Apple's  iPhone/iPad OS, really. OSX is general purpose in my book.

     



  • @dhromed said:

    @El_Heffe said:

    It appears that Chrome OS isn't intended to be a general purpose OS (like Ubuntu)

    Yez.

    Right. While frustrating right now (I just want the damn thing installed), that actually makes sense.



  •  I'm actually glad for it, because it fills a real niche, rather than being another player on a stable market.



  • @b-redeker said:

    @dhromed said:

    @El_Heffe said:

    It appears that Chrome OS isn't intended to be a general purpose OS (like Ubuntu)

    Yez.

    Right. While frustrating right now (I just want the damn thing installed), that actually makes sense.

    Hopefully they can rein it in better than Android. What Google giveth, your phone's maker and carrier taketh away.

    Oh, and maybe they could maybe think about starting to think about spam controls on the Android Market-- right now, it's near-useless.



  • @dhromed said:

     I'm actually glad for it, because it fills a real niche, rather than being another player on a stable market.

    Google.com was another player on a stable market (remember Altavista?) Chrome browser was another player on a stable market (but it works great, especially on a small netbook). So I wouldn't mind another player in the OS market, if only to keep the big guys awake.



  • @b-redeker said:

    Chrome browser was another player on a stable market (but it works great, especially on a small netbook)
    It also works great on my desktop. I'm not going back to Firefox or IE8 anytime soon for my personal browsing experience



  • @dhromed said:

    @El_Heffe said:

    It appears that Chrome OS isn't intended to be a general purpose OS (like Ubuntu)

    Yez.

     @El_Heffe said:

    but more like Apple's OSX,

    More like Apple's  iPhone/iPad OS, really. OSX is general purpose in my book.

     

     

    Ubuntu will install on just about any x86 hardware.  Chrome OS and OSX will not.

     

     



  • @El_Heffe said:

    @dhromed said:

    @El_Heffe said:

    It appears that Chrome OS isn't intended to be a general purpose OS (like Ubuntu)

    Yez.

     @El_Heffe said:

    but more like Apple's OSX,

    More like Apple's  iPhone/iPad OS, really. OSX is general purpose in my book.

     

     

    Ubuntu will install on just about any x86 hardware.  Chrome OS and OSX will not.

     

     

     

    Install, yes.  Work with any laptop hardware, no.  Correctly use the damn wireless card in my older laptop, no.  Correctly work with the sound card in my newer laptop, no.



  • @DescentJS said:

    @El_Heffe said:

    Ubuntu

     

    Install, yes.  Work with any laptop hardware, no.  Correctly use the damn wireless card in my older laptop, no.  Correctly work with the sound card in my newer laptop, no.

    Oi! Ubuntu worked better for both of my laptops, everything works out of the box, including wireless and sound. In 2005 or so some features needed some manual tweaking, but 10.04 works better than xp on my samsung nc10 netbook, including 3G broadband. It boots quicker and can connect to 3G within seconds, but windows takes a good 40 seconds "reading sim data" and connect to 3G.



  • @Zemm said:

    10.04 works better than xp

    Shirley you're comparinig 10.04 to Windows 7?



  • @b-redeker said:

    Shirley you're comparinig 10.04 to Windows 7?

    XP came with the netbook. I don't have any fancy Sevens! Grub says there's a Vista partition but I have never booted into that.



  • ... And don't call me "surely"


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