Google Chrome Operating System (OS)

Google is going to be a major Microsoft rival. They have produced almost everything Microsoft dominated, but Google’s products are mostly online. For instance, Microsoft office is installed on computers, but Google documents can be accessed through email.

Google Chrome OS is an open source operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Google plans of making the code open source. Then the Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. They hope to get help from the open source community to make the chrome browser light to use.
According to the Google blog,

We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet.

Thinking of Getting Ubuntu

Ubuntu is an open source software. Tech gurus believe it is a safer operating system than windows. They say it is safer because it is an open source software meaning anyone can improve the software. If a flaw is seen in the open software, it is easier to fix than a coorperate software that needs the developers to fix when they can.  You can download the Ubuntu from the website or order the software free from the website. But the website warns that it might take up to 10 weeks to get to you (that is what you get if it is free). Or the last option, you can buy it at Best Buy at $20. I would take the option to download it from the website. I don’t know undersand why Best buy has to sell something that is free. Well Best buy also included open office by Suns and other programs in it. Buy the software from Best buy comes with 60 days of free support. I am thinking of installing Ubuntu on my laptop. But before I do that I have to learn how to partiiton my hard drive.

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Support for Windows XP is extended to 13 years

Microsoft decided to extend the support for Windows XP to full 13 years. This is 3 years longer than it has done for any of its previous Windows operating systems. Microsoft is doing this because the infamous Vista is being rejected by companies and individual pcs and Windows 7 will not be released anytime soon. The earliest released date for Windows 7 is slated for January 2010. Microsoft also promised to provide security patches and updates to Windows XP until 2014.

Many large businesses have avoided upgrading to Windows Vista, which has been plagued with widely publicized problems, including incompatibilities with drivers for legacy hardware and applications. Upgrading to Vista could also be very expensive for enterprises that would need to upgrade older hardware. Many businesses and individuals have opted to buy Windows XP on new PCs.

While June 30 remains the cutoff date for selling Windows XP, retailers such as Dell are still selling preconfigured PCs with XP. And enterprises with volume licensing contracts will still be able to install XP even on new machines.

In addition, Microsoft has promoted a licensing loophole that allows new hardware buyers to purchase Windows Vista and then downgrade it to a previous version of Windows. Microsoft has cited such purchases as evidence of support for Vista, but many Web postings have disputed that.

Microsoft will also continue to sell a version of Windows XP to makers of low-cost computers through June 2010. Such machines as the Asus Eee PC are incapable of running Vista and the alternative would be for the makers to install open-source Linux as the operating system.

Source: Yahoo news

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