Saturday, November 21, 2009

Chromium OS and custom hardware

I've been making my way, slowly, through the Chromium OS information. One of the things that surprised me was the notion that the OS requires custom hardware. Did Google make a mistake by doing this? This seems like it would reduce their potential user base and make it harder for casual users to experiment with the operating system. However, I see that there is already a growing list of hardware vendors and viable systems, so maybe (particularly since this is Google) there won't be a problem here, and support for Chromium OS will be commonly present in mainstream hardware.

Will a single physical machine be capable of running multiple OS's? (Say, Windows 7, Ubuntu, Chromium OS, etc.) Will virtualization technologies (Virtual Box, VMWare, etc.) help here?

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like introducing proper unbreakable DRM.
    If the OS has been modified it will not play protected content.

    Running on a virtual box? No protected content played either!

    I feel angry.