Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Google's Chrome OS vs. Ubuntu (UNR) vs. Window 7

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Google's Chrome OS was just announced, and it is poised to compete directly with Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Moblin Linux, and Windows 7 Home Basic, but the new OS isn't planned to ship with netbooks for another year.

Chrome OS will basically be the Linux kernel, a new windowing system (which I assumes means something other than Xorg, and not just a window manager), and Chrome. There will be no other applications. ("There is only Zuul.") All applications will be web apps. It will run on ARM and x86.
However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. 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.

Moblin emphasizes on-line possibilities, too, but has many more local applications to connect with.

UNR sits slightly above Mobin, with a standard operating system and an innovative interface.

And then there's Windows 7, which will "run" in 1GB, but sertainly won't be a speed demon. Even though MS dropped the hard three-application limit, you'll still be limited to somewhere near that number by RAM requirements.

I predict those levels are basically how the market will break out, too. The ultra-cheap netbooks based on ARM and intended solely for surfing will get Chrome OS; Moblin and UNR will take the low-end of the marke; and Win7 will get the top 50-70%.

That's just my prediction.


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I wonder if they'll have a Live CD option for those of us who want to give it a try without necessarily making a complete switch? That's how I became an ubuntu user.

Mahesh Asolkar said...

Shouldn't jolicloud ( be a part of this comparison? It may be a glorified UNR, but from one reviews I saw, it does pretty neat things with the cloud.


I deleted the first comment because it was spam(my).

Rick -- I very much doubt that Google will officially offer something like this, but will probably have a simple installer and anyone else with the know-how can make a live CD from that.

Mahesh -- Jolicloud is a really cool project which deserves to be promoted more, but I don't think it will get a large number of pre-installs. There are several netbook and "cloud" OSes like this. gOS could probably go into the comparison, too. I just used my opinion of how the market would break out to formulate which OSes I put in the comparison.


Take a look at this video (
You can download the Live CD and you can even network boot it.
Visit for details.


Google Chrome OS (Operating System) is designed for devices like netbooks, not a primary personal computer (PC). This program will support hard disk drives and Google has requested hardware partners to use solid state drives for higher reliability and performance. Compared to Windows 7, Google Chrome OS uses one-sixtieth of space. Acer, Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, Qualcomm, Lenovo, Intel, Texas Instruments and Freescale are companies working to develop hardware for the system.

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