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The product I've been working on at Google since I joined up in March, ChromeOS, had its major public debut today:

In addition to showing off the current version of the OS, and the integration with new toys like the Chrome Web Store, there's an actual piece of hardware, the "Cr-48" Chrome notebook. Unfortunately, it's in a "limited pilot program", so you can't all go out and buy one, but you can apply for the pilot and/or open new tabs in Chrome a lot and hope to get the golden ticket gift box.

(for what it's worth, I mostly worked on 802.11 authentication and roaming and related connectivity issues).

Date: 2010-12-08 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Dumb question, but given that it's a linux PC how much 802.11 work was necessary? Is the existing stack pretty broken, or is there Chrome-specific functionality?

Date: 2010-12-08 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Got it. Interesting!

I'll definitely be watching to see how this works out. I applied for the "beta hardware," although I don't know if I'm an ideal fit. I checked the "I will use this as my primary machine" honestly, but it will be interesting to see if that's actually possible. About 50% of my work life is in email, but the other 50% is in PowerPoint and I need to collaborate with others so it needs to be really PPT compatible, not "oh, I can mostly view this PPT someone sent me" compatible.

The other interesting area will be usability, fit and finish. This is where Apple traditionally wins. I was playing with jesse's rooted nook color this morning, and while the hardware feels nice the default Android fonts are awful. On the hardware side I'm sure the Cr-48 is very nice, but I worry that the commercial devices will be the "race to the bottom" that Windows/Linux netbooks are...

Date: 2010-12-08 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Did I even know you were at Google? In any event, congrats on the accomplishment!


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