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Comment Re:meh (Score 1) 544

Actually, the Wizard of Oz was a direct result of the silver vs. gold standard in the US. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was a children's novel published in 1900 that had several gold/silver references. The famous "Ruby Slippers" were originally silver, while the "yellow brick road" is related to the gold standard at the time.

Comment Another One? (Score 1) 1

One more linux distro for the world, here we go again... One thing that Google does have is a huge possible customer base, and if they're willing to tailor *free* software to others *commercial* standards then a large number of parties will at least be willing to consider it. On the other hand, they've admitted to creating what equates to a web-browser of an OS, even the name follows their previous work (which is handy, but I will admit to missing my firefox plugins...), and pretty much nothing else. While this is very useful for people who "live online" as Google suggests, I'm afraid that without a "cloud" solution for my computing, I'm not willing to give up the extra functionality of an OS that a majority of professional software is developed for. Or my games. Not that you can play games on a MID in the first place... And lets not forget to tip our hats as our beneficent Google overlords as they collect more of our usage data (which legitimately does produce good results, albeit foregoing a lot of privacy...).
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Submission + - Google anounces Chrome OS 1

MasterOfGoingFaster writes: And so it begins... Google announces a new OS based on their Chrome browser. Aimed at netbooks, Google aims to have the OS boot and have you on the net in "seconds". This will be an open source product, shipping with netbooks in 2010. Can you hear the blood vessels popping in Redmond?

"Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work."


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