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Friday, July 10, 2009

I can't say I read Fake Steve Jobs often, but his thoughts on the Google Chrome OS sums up my feelings pretty well. ...except he is funnier.

Modern operating system are the most complex programs ever written. Writing a new operating system from scratch is just stupid. Of course, this is not what Google is doing. Their OS is based on Linux. Fine. ...but why create your own branch?

The biggest problem with open source projects is this: Lack Of Focus. Anytime a developer has an idea which is not universally supported he creates his own branch of code - which is exactly what Google has done. So the lack of focus translates into wasted resources.

I suspect the Google OS will win some degree market share - but from who? The closest alternative is not Windows. It's Ubuntu.

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