Chrome OS – Interesting, but ….

I am a very big Fan of Google, and like a lot of guys of my kind I follow most of Google’s activities quite avidly. Google’s Chrome found its wy straight into my heart and laptops ever since they have started providing support for extensions. Chrome is Google’s attempt to further its concept of browser-based computing, in which the traditional PC is deemphasised in favor of a completely web experience. Anyway, when I heard about Google’s next venture i.e the Chrome OS, which is already out in beta sort of a phase; like everybody else I was also excited.

But once you get through the complete hype and excitement we get to see that not only is the Idea of a browser based operating system quite Old, but not a very successful one at that. I do also beleive that the Chrome OS is definately going to give the web back to the people, it is Open source, has the Google brand name on it and whats more, its giving a lot of power and flexibility for application developers.
Although Google Chrome is an Operating system by definition, I think Google chrome is actually meant for a different segment of electronics that is not yet in the market. It will not replace the windows domination of desktops or even laptops, it might not replace the typical geek machine with linux loaded on it. But will definately feature on a lot of small low power specific functional devices. It might spark a kitchen top receipe book, or a notepad for bloggers, or even a ebook reader where instead of reading ebooks, you could also browse the internet. Although, only time will tell if it will be a success or failure.
Again the idea of cloud computing is not really very new, its been around for a while now, more than 10 years, but it has not yet picked up because there wasen’t a proper brand name behind it, having Google’s brand name for a OS that is web based brings not only credibility but also stability and brand power to the Chrome. Well just to show the other options available if the Web Based OS market picks up, here are some options to chose from :

Cloudo

Clurrently in beta, Cloudo is described as offering everyone a “free of charge computer” as it lets “every computer, in school, at work, at your friends’ or even in the library” become your own. That is, Cloudo lets you log in to your user account from any location. Cloudo is also reasonably flexible: you can skin the user interface (UI), and developers can also develop their own applications for the platform.

Cloudo is expected to officially launch next year, but you can try the beta right now for free.

Glide

Now at version 4.0, Glide syncs your online desktop to your mobile device, allowing for a fairly constant connection to your data. This Flash-based Web desktop supports multiple users, just like your home PC, and offers an impressive 20GB’s of cloud storage, all without any ads.

Jolicloud

A project which started in the summer of 2008, Jolicloud is currently an invitation-only affair. Jolicloud is targeted specifically at netbooks, much like Chrome OS will be. A wide range of compatible devices can be found on the Jolicloud website, and the list is growing. The idea behind Jolicloud is to create a more “organic” OS, removing the need for costly software with Web alternatives.

You can follow Jolicloud’s progress on Twitter.

EyeOS

EyeOS is one of the most established cloud-centric OSes, having been around since 2005. Since its launch the open-source cloud computing OS has gone on togain support from various companies and organizations as users. With a wide range of bundled software–including office software and a development environment–EyeOS is a great alternative to Chrome OS. You can try it now here.

Windows4All

We’re not to sure what Microsoft would make of this one. Powered by Silverlight, Windows4All mimics the desktop environment of Windows 7. Offering many of the basic programs that ship with the real deal, such as Paint, Notepad and Solitaire, Windows4All is more of an experiment rather than a legitimate Web OS. Either way it still makes for an interesting in-browser experience.

This makes up just a few of the currently available web-OS’. If you try any or are using any, then be sure leave your recommendations and comments below!

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    • rcherukuri
    • January 9th, 2010

    thats a good blog post, I dont know about EyeOS and Cloudo until now.they are great

      • misterjester
      • January 9th, 2010

      Thank you for the comment and you should check out the other options, cos they are good.

    • Yoram
    • January 10th, 2010

    You missed TITAN LEV (www.titanlev.com) – it has Windows look and feel and also let you install Windows applications including Internet explorer, office 2007 and Photoshop

      • misterjester
      • January 10th, 2010

      Yoram thanks for that, honestly I did not know that… Am going to add that onto the list 🙂

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