Google's ChromeOS means losing control of data, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman
Dec 15, 2010, 13:05 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Arthur)
"Google's new cloud computing ChromeOS looks like a plan "to
push people into careless computing" by forcing them to store their
data in the cloud rather than on machines directly under their
control, warns Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software
Foundation and creator of the operating system GNU.
"Two years ago Stallman, a computing veteran who is a strong
advocate of free software via his Free Software Foundation, warned
that making extensive use of cloud computing was "worse than
stupidity" because it meant a loss of control of data.
"Now he says he is increasingly concerned about the release by
Google of its ChromeOS operating system, which is based on
GNU/Linux and designed to store the minimum possible data locally.
Instead it relies on a data connection to link to Google's "cloud"
of servers, which are at unknown locations, to store documents and