Monday, September 28, 2009

Chrome on Linux!

Since my last post was a million years old, and Chrome on Linux was brand spanking new, I thought it would be nice to post an update. I didn't land the Google Summer of Code spot working on Chrome for Linux that I wanted. Although, since school is year-round for me, and I took an extra consulting gig this summer, it probably worked out for the best.

Whoever did get that spot seems to have done some great work though. I've been using Chrome on Ubuntu for several months now, and it gets better every day! It is super fast, pretty stable, and I can even watch YouTube now.

Shortly after the announcement of Chrome OS, I was discussing Google's new move with a group of local IT professionals. They were not as excited as I was. Most are Microsofties. Even the guy who introduced me to Google Apps didn't think much of Chrome OS. For me though, it is not so much that I'm excited about Chrome OS itself, but rather what it means for Chrome. If Google is going to be remotely successful with Chrome OS, they will have to:
  • Make Chrome work like a dream on Linux
  • Make all of their web services work correctly in Chrome
  • Bring Google Voice and Video to Linux
Since I am a Google junkie, having all of their products working on my Linux desktop will make my day.

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