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What's the point?

What's the point?

Posted Jul 25, 2009 5:03 UTC (Sat) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
In reply to: Google releases Neatx NX server by dkite
Parent article: Google releases Neatx NX server

I mean: what can they offer to Chrome OS users? Typical Linux desktop? 2007 showed that users are not interested in that. It looks like typical internal projects: engineers are familiar with Linux and I guess use Linux in Google a lot, so it makes sanse to offer them virtualized Linux with Neatx. As for Chrome OS... this is OS for "mere mortals", right? They have no use for that stuff - uless it's Windows-based virtual computer. And the last thing Google wants is to promore Windows further.

This being said I'm pretty sure someone will provide such service. But for that they'll need some free client ported to NaCl and right now Neatx only works with proprietary client... oops?


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Posted Jul 25, 2009 8:15 UTC (Sat) by man_ls (guest, #15091) [Link]

What about remote support for Chrome OS? Manual intervention does not look like a Google thing, but for a price -- who knows.

Why will you need manual intervention?

Posted Jul 25, 2009 9:00 UTC (Sat) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

Manual intervention does not look like a Google thing, but for a price -- who knows.

Hmm... Why do you need the NX for that? You can throw away the whole thing and your data will still be available in the cloud. All data on the netbook itself are just a cache for the data in the cloud. Sure if your last two weeks spent in the wilderness are extemely valuable - you'll be able to find someone who'll replain the Chrome OS for a price, but for most users... just click "reinstall" button - local data will be wiped and clean, updated version of OS will be available in a few minutes...

And if your OS is broken beyond the ability to synchronize... the chances are high it's broken beyond the ability to work with NX too...

What's the point?

Posted Jul 26, 2009 14:57 UTC (Sun) by dkite (guest, #4577) [Link]

My experience with their browser based offerings has been of awe that
someone could even make it work at all, but running into problems that
make it impractical to use.

I've used the spreadsheet a bit. I have a couple that are very simple and
work fine, and one that is multipage and a bit complex. It doesn't.

They were trying to use existing installed base browsers to expand their
application suite. The server based idea works well for some things, but
the browser is a poor ui for complicated apps.

What if you opened google chrome and got a remote X spreadsheet running
somewhere.

Derek

What's the point?

Posted Jul 27, 2009 18:42 UTC (Mon) by jzbiciak (subscriber, #5246) [Link]

Android runs on a Linux kernel, for one thing. Could it be that Google is building a new userland out of existing Linux pieces?

I suspect offering GNOME or KDE aren't the targets. Offering something built around some of the same core infrastructure (X, Linux) that GNOME and KDE built on seems entirely reasonable and likely.


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