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Is Chrome OS a Threat to Ubuntu or Windows?

Jul 12, 2010, 18:06 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

"Since late 2009, talk of how Google's Chrome OS is being positioned to "take on" Microsoft Windows has been promoted by individuals who I believe have no idea what they're talking about.

"By Google's own admission, Chrome OS is being designed for near exclusive use on netbook computers, due to its minimalist nature. And as we know, netbooks make up a small piece of the collective PC market. This clearly leaves out of desktops and laptops, which will remain dominated by the Windows OS (near term, at least).

"This leads us to consider that Microsoft's Windows OS is not the target for Google after all. So the next line of thought leads us to wonder if perhaps Chrome OS is being created to take on something closer to its own design – for instance, Ubuntu Linux?

"Or perhaps instead there's yet another alternative target that Google has yet to reveal?"

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