The Cloud OS battle


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This whitepaper discusses the current state of availability and readiness between the three Cloud OS's which have been evangelized into commercial readiness by Google.

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The Cloud OS battle

  1. 1. The Cloud OS battle Chromium OS vs Google Chrome OS vs Android A Collabor Labs Whitepaper, Jan 2011 ABSTRACT This whitepaper discusses the current state of availability and readiness between the three Cloud OSs which have been evangelized into commercial readiness by
  2. 2. Google Chrome OS & Chromium OSGoogle Chrome OS is a forthcoming Linux operating system, based on Ubuntu anddesigned by Google to work exclusively with web applications. Google announced theoperating system on July 7, 2009 and made it an open source project, called ChromiumOS, that November.Unlike Chromium OS, which can be compiled from the downloaded source code, ChromeOS will only ship on specific hardware from Googles manufacturing partners. The userinterface takes a minimalist approach, resembling that of the Chrome web browser.Because Google Chrome OS is aimed at users who spend most of their computer time onthe Internet, the only application on the device will be a browser incorporating a mediaplayer.The expected launch date for retail hardware featuring Chrome OS has slipped sinceGoogle first announced the operating system: from late 2010 to early 2011 to, by somereports, mid-2011.In summary: 1. Chromium OS is the open source project, used primarily by developers, with code that is available for anyone to checkout, modify and build. 2. Google Chrome OS is the Google product that OEMs will ship on NetbooksSome specific differences: • The two projects fundamentally share the same code base, but Google Chrome OS has some additional firmware features, including verified boot and easy recovery, which require corresponding hardware changes and thus also dont work in Chromium OS builds. • Google Chrome OS runs on specially optimized hardware in order to get enhanced performance and security. • Chromium OS does not auto-update (so that changes you may have made to the code are not blown away), whereas Google Chrome OS seamlessly auto-updates so that users have the latest and greatest features and fixes. • Google Chrome OS is supported by Google and its partners; Chromium OS is supported by the open source community.Here is the link for downloading Chromium OS: Whilethere are many builds available for PC, Mac, Linux, VMware, etc – the build that isupdated daily on this site is the USB Image at - OS is not compatible with Skype, Google Talk or Video Chat but Google ChromeOS should be compatible with at least Google Talk and video chat. This will however beclear when the stable version is released.Hardware Support for Google Chrome: Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo,Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba are among few hardware product currentlypartnered with Google chrome OSResearch by: Collabor Labs Page 2January 2011
  3. 3. Chrome OS: Installed - with the browser at the center of the OS. All applications built forChrome OS will be Web-based and thus able to be accessed from any browser. It is notclear if the OS itself can be customized or skinned completely – but the assumption is thatthis should be possible because of the opensource license – but maybe counterproductivein terms of cost-benefitGoogle Chrome OS is not a conventional operating system that can be downloaded or buyon a disc and install. The way we will get Google Chrome OS is by buying a netbook thathas Google Chrome OS installed by the OEMAndroid and Google Chrome OS For Mobile (Android) For Desktop (Google Chrome)Base Line Linux LinuxVisualization Phone, Tablet Chrome browserApplications Development Java Web technologiesApplications Infrastructure Download from Android Market Browse to Web Store Gingerbread (2.3) stable releaseLatest Release Version OS Honeycomb (3.0) pending releaseThere is a lot of conversation in the technology media about the course of these twooperating systems – whether they will merge, whether Android has already won (given itslead and installed base) and whether both OSs really have a place in the market. At thistime, we would leave you with this statement from Google – who is at the core of both thesystems “Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems.”Research by: Collabor Labs Page 3January 2011
  4. 4. Collabor Labs Summary: 1. Chromium is already available for use, but has mostly been a engineer/techie buy- in for the moment. We found the builds from Hexxeh work blazing fast (no scientific benchmarks were done at Collabor Labs) 2. Google Chrome OS is becoming a reality – starting with the CR48 pilot program. 3. Android is well established in the phone/tablet market and we see some resistance from manufacturers to bring it to the netbook market as well as potential resistance from users to adopt Android notebooks. But, it is still early 4. A convergence, if any, of any of the above OSs is still way off.References: 1., & 2. Wikipedia pages – Chromium OS & Google Chrome OS 3. 4. Reviews and articles in blogs and technical mediaResearch by: Collabor Labs Page 4January 2011