Google's attempt to integrate it's OS into specific hardware, like netbooks, is failing miserably. Recently they released a desktop shell for the OS to make it less of an OS-in-a-broswer and more like a real OS.
It needs a proprietary package management system that sets the standard..
It needs to be as user friendly as Windows and Mac. Doing things in the terminal is just not an option.
It needs to have commercial-grade quality software.
It needs widespread support of hardware vendors.
It needs to have a custom repository of software. Maybe it could also install Linux software but it has to have a much higher standard.
It could use this tight integration of software as a way to harden it and keep it virus-free.
It would have good support.
The OS itself could be free but the commercial-grade software could cost very little. Unlike Windows where the OS is expensive with free software and a plethora of viruses/malware masquerading as software. and unlike Mac where the OS and software are essentially free after paying an arm and leg for the hardware to run it, a Goole operating system would be more or less free with paid add-ons, much like we have now.
do you ever see this happening or is Google stuck with netbooks? Would you be willing to use it in place of your current Linux distro if it was free and had the same security and customizability?
Edited by aweir - 5/24/12 at 6:37pm