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First Chrome OS Notebooks Due This Month 246

Posted by timothy
from the sooner-the-better dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "According to recent reports, a Google-branded Chrome OS notebook will be launched by Inventec later this month. Acer and HP will be launching theirs a month later, in December. This report is also backed by a source close to Google stating that the company is still on track to launch its Chrome OS by the end of the year, as well as its Chrome app store."
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First Chrome OS Notebooks Due This Month

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  • by bhcompy (1877290) on Tuesday November 02, 2010 @08:18PM (#34107398)

    Google won't snag any of those markets, especially geeks because they tend to put a value on privacy.

    You would think so, but then again, there are a huge number of people that think that pro-privacy things like NoScript are stupid on this website. Google-analytics isn't blocked by AdBlock or FlashBlock, but whatever. Those that set it in hosts are excluded from this sentiment, but I don't think that is too big of a percentage.

  • by cacba (1831766) on Tuesday November 02, 2010 @08:28PM (#34107444)

    Gears or HTML5 allow for offline use of apps that will sync with the cloud once reconnected. Gears has been used in google docs for years.

    To me the advantage of Chrome OS is an easy, cheap, secure computer. It would be great for my parents who seem to get a incredible amount of viruses just from browsing the web. Granted it wont replace their current PC.

  • by dgatwood (11270) on Tuesday November 02, 2010 @08:47PM (#34107542) Journal

    I doubt this tablet is going to be unusable the minute the cloud goes away.

    No, without any native app support, it's going to be unusable long before the cloud goes away. :-D

    And it's not a tablet. It's a notebook.

  • by hitmark (640295) on Tuesday November 02, 2010 @08:48PM (#34107552) Journal

    Google (google gears) and Mozilla (prism?) experimented with such a offline layer some time ago for normal browsers, and such a offline cache is part of the HTML5 spec. They have also included a file manager and media player, iirc.

  • by yelvington (8169) on Tuesday November 02, 2010 @08:52PM (#34107586) Homepage

    Every time there's a Slashdot post about ChromeOS there's immediately a rush of posts complaining that it won't work offline.

    Slashdot is supposed to be news for nerds, not recent history for nerds ... but SOME OF YOU GUYS ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. Listen up.
    This is not 1999. You can come out of your bunker now.

    Google introduced offline Web functionality in in 2007. Google Docs supported Google Gears, which made it possible to use the Google word processor on an airplane with no network connection at all. I've done it. It worked fine. When I reconnected, everything synchronized with the cloud.

    This concept has been reworked and is a part of the HTML5 standard. See http://www.w3.org/TR/offline-webapps/ [w3.org]

    In 2010-2011, you can write highly functional applications using HTML5 and Javascript, make them installable on your web browser, and have them work offline. Please stop assuming the Web is as it was when you were in junior high.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 02, 2010 @10:59PM (#34108232)

    It already has native 'app' (was that a typo?) support. Apps can be locally installed (ran in browser), and take advantage of native code libraries. Hell, by all accounts it will even support some form of remote desktop (aka 'chromoting').

    Did you really think Google was going to launch their flagship product without thinking about it for five whole minutes? How the fuck did you think non-WebGL games would work?

  • by LS (57954) on Wednesday November 03, 2010 @03:12AM (#34108942) Homepage

    Comments like this getting modded to 5 show the general ignorance of slashdotters. First, you've never seen the device so you have no idea how it will work. Second, even if it were web service based, Google has already released apps and software components (e.g. gears) that work without connectivity. It's called synching folks

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