November 29, 2009 10:07:56 am
Google,after changing the way we look at the Internet,is now working on revolutionising how we see computers. As cloud computing and computing as a service set the tech world abuzz,everyone is thinking of moving everything online. Gone are the days where your PC needed an Operating System with a multitude of applications,as most of what you need is already available for use online.
With Microsoft and Apple,which dominate the world of computing,charging a bomb for their software,Google is on a mission to change this by reworking Linux and making the Web truly free and friendly. It was towards this end that Google announced its Chrome OS on April 19. Though Google developers think their OS is at least a year away from a production launch,they have already given us a preview to show how they want to change computing.
NetPC manufacturers like Nivio already have machines that boot on the cloud,but Chrome is different for it boots on the local hard disk and,unlike Nivio,can work even if you are not connected to the Internet. Googles Android OS,written for a phone with a touchscreen,is already available. But it is not that easy to use on a laptop. The Chrome,on the other hand,is meant for use on a PC.
Like its already popular browser,the Chrome is also designed with a minimalist approach and as a result boots up in seven seconds flat,compared to 45 seconds on the fastest machines today. But the real advantage of the Chrome OS is that you can stop bothering about managing programs,applications,lost files and settings. Your settings are saved online,files on the cloud and programs are available on demand. So,it won’t be that easy to install a program and screw up your OS.
But the question everyone is asking is what happens to security when everything is on the cloud. While I dont see a lot of corporates move to the cloud for now,on a personal level,I dont mind if my spreadsheets or Word documents are stored online. However,I do mind that someone will be able to invade my privacy and get a hold of my data. So getting the right passphraseremember passwords are passe nowis the key to protection.
Another advantage of running a lightweight OS is that since it works directly with the Internet,and is light weight in nature,it downloads and updates automatically. So,no more botheration about long updates to fix the bug that might affect your PC.
So why switch to cloud. Well,since everything is online,there is no chance of losing data because your computer has crashed and you did not backup in time. There will also be no need to fear virus attacks that will leave your computer useless. A regular reformat should be enough to get you online again.
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