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Google CEO Eric Schmidt can't wait for the Internet search leader's free operating system to debut next year. His excitement is a relatively recent phenomenon; he spent his first six years at Google trying to convince company cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin that developing an OS to compete against Windows would be a terrible idea. Schmidt didn't think the timing was right and, worse, he didn't want Google to get into a potentially bruising battle with Microsoft. His change of heart shows how far Google has come.
First of all, the number of Linux users is just about approximating the number of Linux distros out there, meaning that Linux will never suceed. I am sorry, I have really tried to embrace Linux for the desktop, but until the day comes that popular software such as Photoshop, MS Office (and don't talk to me about OpenOffice it is not the same, sorry) and others run on Linux, Linux will stay where it is...as niche player for techies. But that is a discussion for another day.
As far as the Chrome OS is concerned, bring it on. I really don't think Microsoft has much to worry about there, as long as they don't repeat their mistakes with Vista...I have used Win 7 and it is outstanding. The concept of Cloud computing is very worthwhile but I would never ever trust someone elses server with my critical data. I like the idea of collaborating in real time via the Web but don't you think MS will be able to pull that off too?
Remember when folks laughingly said Netscape would crush IE and doom Microsoft? Hmmm....
Google is missing the point. netbooks represent cheap, small portable computers that are finally powerful enough to run a full operating system, one that can run very nearly any of the applications one may want to run. Google's plans for for yet another OS, a simpler OS is a step back to the previous portable computer OS's which didn't support popular applications, or worst provided awkward, and clumsy alternatives.
Look at Linux, a full, robust OS, and even better for netbooks than windows is loosing market to Windows.
Google's plan is to offer Linux that boots directly into the browser. Then offer a flurry of googlized apps that link to linux applications. I don't see the value of that.