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Microsoft should fear Chrome, as it will help linux as a whole.

9 years ago Microsoft CEO and incontinent over-stater of facts Steve Ballmer said that “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches,” during a commercial spot masquerading as a media interview with the Chicago Sun-Times Friday.

Ballmer was trying to articulate his concern, whether real or imagined, that limited recourse to the GNU GPL requires that all software be made open source.

“The way the license is written, if you use any open-source software, you have to make the rest of your software open source,” Ballmer explained to an excessively credulous, un-named Sun-Times reporter who, predictably, neglected to question this bold assertion.

Perhaps Ballmer was thinking of this: “If identifiable sections of [a companion] work are not derived from the [open-source] Program, and can be reasonably considered

independent and separate works in themselves, then this License, and its terms, do not apply to those sections when you distribute them as separate works. But when you distribute the same sections as part of a whole which is a work based on the Program, the distribution of the whole must be on the terms of this License, whose permissions for other licensees extend to the entire whole, and thus to each and every part regardless of who wrote it.”

The passage is hopelessly ill written. What on earth, we must wonder, can the authors mean by a companion work which can be ‘reasonably considered’ to be separate? Do they mean it should have been developed independently? Do they mean it should function independently? Do they mean both?

What if a secondary work were developed separately, and function separately, but remain inextricably integrated with the first, the way Internet Explorer is with Windows? Is that ‘reasonably considered’ to be a separate work?

What’s ‘reasonable’ here, anyway? And ‘considered’ by whom? The average adult? The average programmer? It’s vague, all right; we’ll give old Steve that much.

But one thing we can depend on is that it definitely doesn’t mean what Ballmer slickly tries to imply: that once you issue anything under the GPL, every other piece of software you have for sale is suddenly affected by it.

And yet this is the shaky basis on which Ballmer dismisses open source as anathema to all commercial software companies. It can’t be used at all, he reasons, because even a tiny germ of it, like a metastasizing cancer, contaminates the entire body. Thus Microsoft ‘has a problem’ with government funding of open-source.

“Government funding should be for work that is available to everybody,” he says patriotically. But “open source is not available to commercial companies,” and should therefore be regarded as a violation of the public trust.

Ballmer touches on a few other items, including Microsoft’s new product activation and licensing schemes, which, it is hoped, will pave the way for a thriving software rental business and its subsequent endless revenue stream.

“Our goal is to try to educate people on what it means to protect intellectual property and pay for it properly” (read ‘eternally’), Ballmer says.

If by ‘educate’ he means punish with higher costs those who fail to appreciate the wisdom of volume software leases, and inconvenience Win-7 users who like to re-format on a regular basis with a limit of two clean installs, then perhaps he might have chosen different wording.

‘Train’ or ‘housebreak’ strike us as somewhat more in tune with the subtext.

Over the entire a year  that just passed by, the whole blogosphere appeared to be resonating an announcement on the Official Google blog : Introducing the Google Chrome OS

Finally, we will soon be witnessing an Operating System from Google built around Google Chrome, hence the name Google Chrome OS. It will be somewhere in 2010 when we all would actually have a preferrable alternative to Windows OS.

google chrome os image

for years  there was absolutely no competiton for Microsoft in Operating system market(implying no options for the consumers). Apple’s Mac was busy serving a minority of computer users across the globe (around 4-5%) and may continue struggling, majorly due to its high price tag and  Hardware dependency issues.  and many didnt view Linux as a Windows competitor, as the open source OS never really managed to go beyond a certain usage level in the home, mainly due to its perceived non ease of use , sophisticated functionality and non-familiarity with the masses.

Many thanks to Google for providing all of us with an better alternative that we now can look upto. Welcome Google Chrome OS !

Is Google Chrome OS a Windows Killer ? Will it kick Microsoft Windows out of the OS market in 2-3 years from the day it officially releases ? Absolutely NOT, but it will get people looking at linux. oh did i mention chrome Os is linux based?

When you think of Microsoft, you also think of Intel. Those two names are connected to each other very closely. But will this change soon? Will we think about Google instead of Microsoft when we hear the name “Intel”?

Intel teamed up with Google to work on a OS simply called “Google Chrome OS”. According to heise, there are many other companies who will support Google’s new operating system:

Despite the fact that Intel is working on a netbook OS too, they are working closely together with Google now. How can that be?

Intel’s latest CPU’s “Core i7″…

Intel Core i7Intel Core i7

… are doing pretty well:

Intel Core i7 BenchmarksIntel Core i7 Benchmarks

Core i7 Benchmarks at hardocp

Will Googles OS be a success?
But there is a wild card in all of this still for Microsoft: Windows 7. While Windows XP is 8 years old, and Windows Vista is just generally considered to be a bad OS for netbooks, Windows 7 could offer a good netbook experience. And Microsoft had better hope so, or its claim that 96% of netbooks run Windows is going to be very different in a year.
The new OS “will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips” and the new Chrome OS will be based on Linux.”The software architecture is simple–Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform,” according to the announcement. Google plans to release the source code for Chrome OS later this year.

Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems.

this is the biggest challenge Microsoft has faced to date as the top operating system provider. There is little evidence that this won’t be the case, as Google has historically been a strong foil to Microsoft’s business strategy.In the meantime, developers and contributors in the Linux and in other open source communities should be busy, as hardware makers will  have a lot of work to do, and will definitely  need a lot of help from the open source community to build drivers for the chrome Os and since its linux based finally hardware support may know longer be an issue, and that has been the one major thing holding linux back.

Support from netbook makers

One of Microsoft’s biggest strengths is the relationships it has built with device makers such as Dell, HP, Lenovo and Asus. As a new entrant Google will have to work with these PC makers to ensure that netbooks come pre-loaded with Chrome OS. Google can probably swing a few early deals, as it has with Android, but to be a force to reckon with it needs to ensure widespread availability.

So far, Linux vendors have found that difficult to get OEMs completely on board. PC makers don’t want to jeopardize their relationship with Microsoft, which powers the higher-margin products such as desktops and notebooks.

What Google must do: Wheel-and-deal to ensure that Google Chrome OS is available on as many netbooks


April 2, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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