Google has an impeccable reputation of being an innovative company. Since its inception, the company has always provided services that have redefined how people perceived the internet. It has given us one of largest and most efficient search engines, mailing options – Gmail, Social Networking – Google+ and Orkut, one of the largest routing and mapping options – Google Earth and lots more. The recently developed Smartphone OS – Android is another open source OS developed by Google. Providing innovative options and eye candy graphics, Android users have rapidly increased over the globe.
The one thing that has made Google so popular is its open source developing environment. Google is easily the largest contributor to the Open Source community. Despite its presence, it has never been able to rival Microsoft – the largest organization on the computer technologies industry. This is mainly due to the fact that Microsoft rules the personal computing domain through its Windows Operating system. However, all this is gradually changing with Google entering the OS domain – with innovation, of course. The Google Chromebook is finally out in the market, which not only promises to take over loyal Windows users but also can bring in new users altogether – based on its relevance to the modern day needs.
The Chromebook runs on Chrome OS – currently the open Source answer to Microsoft. Although UNIX and Linux have been there for long, the Google laptop OS is different in the sense that it does not depend on the hardware requirements and can run without much technical glitches. The Chromebook runs faster than any other personal machine on earth and can do very much everything that the latest Windows machine can do.
What sets the Chrome laptop apart is that its OS is based on only a browser. Everything that we need to do would happen through apps on the browser. Therefore there would be no need to invest on hardware at all. The Google laptop can start up within 8 seconds – a record that cannot be touched! Moreover, the storage is virtually unlimited, considering the fact that the storage is mainly on the Cloud – another next-gen feature exploited by Google in its Chromebook.
While UNIX and Linux were technically superior to the Microsoft OS, it was defeated on one front – superior graphics and user interface. Chrome OS has the Linux kernel – which makes its insulated to any virus attacks, while the UI of Google is always a step ahead of others. As a result, Chrome laptop users are enjoying an advantage of sorts – getting the best of everything.
The open source community has reasons to rejoice – considering the fact that the Google laptop could be the commercial success that is the biggest requirement for the community.