Now that I’ve had a weekend to play with two different variations of the new Chrome OS (reviewed here), I have to say that I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings about Google’s attempt to jump into the operating system arena. One of the feelings I felt this weekend was completely unexpected — Déjà vu.
- Everything runs through the browser
- Any new databases or resources were developed to run via the browser
- Security on the computer was handled on the remote server
- Files were stored either on an external source floppy disk (now USB) or on the server (now ‘cloud’)
- Upgrades to the operating system were handled through remote patches
- No programs could be loaded on the local computer (OS/2 would hide in the background)