Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My 2 Cents On ChromeOS

After Six Days Working Entirely from Chrome OS LifeHacker's Kevin Purdy wrote that "it was a blast", and after asking why anyone would want to have an OS that offers them basically nothing more than a browser with a lot of extra preferences, he answers that there where lots of reasons, and that basically Chrome was just enough computer for him.

Unfortunately, ChromeOS isn't quite enough for many people, including the creator of Google's own Gmail and Adsense program, Paul Buchheit, who now works for Facebook. According to Paul, he predicts that "ChromeOS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android)."

Richard Stallman, the open source creator of GNU, warned that ChromeOS could even be potentially dangerous to its users, as noted in a post by AppleInsider entitled "Chrome's OS assailed as needless, dangerous by critics."

Personally, even though I'm not a software expert, or a whiz-kid at programing or anything, I know what I like and what I don't. As far as my 2 cents on Chrome OS goes, even though I think there are certainly some lofty ideas and goals behind it, Chrome OS itself simply doesn't offer enough plus's to overcome its many more negatives, and as far as it stands now, I think it's a big FAIL!

For starters, on the plus side, ChromeOS starts up fast, real fast and much faster than you would ever expect to see from a traditional OS. Not only that, but one of the biggest plus's of a cloud-based OS is that your work is available anywhere, at anytime and on any computer! An other sweet thing about Chrome is that if your computer is ever lost or stolen, as long as your passwords are safe you end up losing only the hardware itself, as all of your files and information is stored in the cloud, therefore as soon as you boot up and sign in on a replacement computer it's like having your old computer back! I have to admit' that's probably the sweetest and biggest advantage of Chrome OS and almost enough to make me want it.

Unfortunately, on the other side of the coin, since ChromeOS is also a web based OS, that also means all of its apps are also web based apps as well. Web apps might be fine for most simple tasks, but don't expect to see any real sophisticated games, or powerful based applications like PhotoShop anytime soon. Sure, you can have dumb-downed and less powerful versions of these programs including simple games like BeJeweled (one of my favs) and dumb-downed and less powerful versions of photo editing software, but they are still not quite the same thing, or of quite the same quality or as powerful as the traditional versions.

The biggest problem, no the biggest danger with web apps and OS's is that you are trusting someone else with your precious files and information! Do you really want to trust someone else with the security of protecting all of YOUR personal stuff stored on their servers rather than your own? Not me, I much prefer to have my information, for the most part, thank you very much, stored on my very own hard disks where I can see and access them. I'm not sure that I really want everything that I do on my computer, as innocent as it might be, entrusted to somebody else and on their hardware, and only God knows where? Having all of your computer activity in the clouds would, I think, make it all the easier for the big data-mining companies, like Google, to access for what ever reason, they might like. After all, every time you use Google to search, well they use you for their own advantage to target ads, etc.

In conclusion, even though I'm not the world's biggest security expert, or the world's most knowledgeable software expert for that matter, but I do know that I definitely don't want anyone else handling my content on some far off server site, I prefer to do that myself and not Google, Apple, Microsoft or anybody else, and that goes especially the government. For that reason alone, I don't care how fast, or how convenient ChromeOS, or any other web based OS might be, it's still not powerful enough, or convenient enough for me!

And that's my 2 cents on ChromeOS 4 this Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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