Why Google Chrome OS matters already, on Day 1
Jul 09, 2009, 04:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Why is Google Chrome OS going to be real trouble for
Windows? After all, technically, desktop Linuxes like Fedora,
openSUSE, and Ubuntu, long ago left Windows in the dust. Mac OS X
Panther is also darn good and it and its upcoming successor, Snow
Leopard, are easier to use than anything else out there. So, what's
so special about Google Chrome OS? I'll tell you.
"The most important single fact you need to keep in mind is that
everyone who uses a computer already knows Google, and most of them
trust it. Only PC power users know about Linux, and the ones who
know what's what about such top-Linux desktop distributions as
MEPIS 8 and Mint 7 are numbered in millions compared to the
hundreds of millions who know Windows. Pretty much everyone knows
Apple, but, even as Apple has gained some desktop market share, CEO
Steve Jobs has never moved from his stand that Macs are high-end
PCs. Apple builds sports cars, and it's not interested in selling
you a truck, an SUV or, heaven forbid, a station wagon."