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What Chrome OS has on Windows that Linux doesn’t

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Google’s Chrome OS isn’t the first operating system to challenge Microsoft Windows’ commanding lead. But it’s got an advantage that other rivals such as Linux lacked: the Web.

Any new operating system must attract the developers who produce the applications to make it useful. The trouble Windows challengers have had is matching the wide spectrum of software available for Windows already.

That software includes mainstream titles such as Microsoft Office, Quicken, Adobe Photoshop, games, but also innumerable programs for narrower niches such as genealogy. Although some people are happy if they have the handful applications they need, an operating system needs broad support to achieve mass penetration.

Canonical’s Ubuntu version of Linux has a lot of buzz as a desktop operating system, but when April 15 comes around, TurboTax doesn’t run on it. Multiply that by all software the world needs and the Windows incumbent advantage becomes clearer.

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Google Chrome OS - Is this the future?

dedoimedo.com: I would like to give a not so humble man's perspective on a new Linux-based operating system available, which you may or may not like or may or may not want to use. It's entirely up to you to love, hate or worship Google. You will have to decide whether it's good for you, whether they want to steal your data and kidneys and what you want to do with your netbook. From the purely user-istic perspective, I'll give you a conservative, layman's view on what Google Chrome OS can do.

Google Chrome OS first impressions

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