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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:

http://www.google.com/chromeos

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)
From: [identity profile] ketzie.livejournal.com
Did I even know you were at Google? In any event, congrats on the accomplishment!

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