There has not been too much noise about the Chrome OS over the past few months and you can see why. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has revealed that the company is running behind schedule as far as the Chrome OS release is concerned. Consequently, we will not be seeing the release of any Chrome OS tablet or netbooks during the holiday shopping season. In fact, Schmidt has clarified that it will take “few months” before the new platform will make its public appearance.
Chrome OS will be Google’s answer to Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X. The company already has a successful mobile platform in the Android and a successful foray into the desktop computing system may not be too damaging to the market shares of Windows or Mac immediately, but could quite easily kill the other popular open source OS – Linux.
Anyway, with this release getting delayed, we will have to wait for some more time before that could happen.
Apple has announced that the new Mac OS X 10.6.5 version is now available for download from the company website. The new version of the OS comes with a number of updates that improve the stability, compatibility and security of the software. Updates introduced on the platform include improved reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers, improved performance of MainStage, additional stability and performance fix for graphics related applications and games and a resolution to a persistent printing issue that was observed when some HP printers were connected to AirPort Extreme. The full list of performance and stability fixes is given here.
Apple has noted that the latest update is recommended for all Mac OS X users, including those who have the Mac OS X 10.6.4 version that was introduced in June of this year. You can download the latest update by clicking here.
Microsoft Windows Vista – the operating system that has been known more for its malfunctioning and loopholes than the amazing new set of features that it came with is now four years old. It was in November 2006 that Microsoft released, what it called the “highest quality version of Windows that we’ve ever produced“, for manufacturing.
While the malfunctions of Vista have been pretty well documented, it also needs to be noted that this was still only a topic of discussion among nerds and that the notoreity that the software did not affect the sale of Vista units itself significantly. Also, with the majority of issues being ironed out with the release of SP1, users did not have much to complain about.
Nevertheless, with the success of its successor, Windows 7, it is safe to assume that Microsoft’s nightmares with the release of Vista are well and truly over.
Tariq Krim, the founder of JoliCloud has announced that the version 1.0 of the cloud-based operating system that is built specifically for netbooks is now available for download. Users looking for a download link may head to the JoliCloud website here to download the Cloud operating system.
Unlike traditional operating systems, this Linux based operating system runs from the JoliCloud servers. This means that users will be able to seamlessly access their saved files and folders from any netbook device that has the OS installed. Of course, users may also save their files on their local hard drive, if they choose to. However, synchronization is thus a critical part of this operating system and with a 700-app directory, users can lay access to a good number of value adding software.
JoliCloud may be accessed via any HTML5 compatible web browser and is compatible with a wide array of netbook models. The download file itself measures 695MB. If you are regularly on from your netbook, do give this OS a try and let us know how you find it.