Google’s Chrome PC

With tech budgets low, smaller churches should be pro-active in considering the impact that something like Google’s Chrome OS may have on hardware and software dollars.

Google just showed off their first personal computers with their Chrome OS. The basic idea is that Chrome-based PC’s will use web-apps to accomplish things that now require locally-installed software.

Until recently, I’ve been leery about the possibility of doing anything beyond documents and spreadsheets over the web. What changed my mind? How about Autodesk making major strides in turning their hardware intensive software into web-based applications. Or, how about Adobe’s continued push to bring image editing to the web?

Right now, I am hesitant to imagine how some of what we do would be ported to web apps (like video projection). But, if history is a teacher, these barriers are but temporary.

What do you think?

2 Replies to “Google’s Chrome PC”

  1. Check out Jolicloud. It’s a Linux based OS similar to Chrome OS. It’s available NOW. I got a little burned out on the wait for Chrome OS. I personally use Ubuntu (and love it). Jolicloud is based off of Ubuntu (which is based off of Debian), but they are talking about gravitating away from the Ubuntu base. One of the biggest advantages, budget wise, for using cloud based OS is that they do not require a system with all the bells and whistles. Most of the PCs I use are refurbished. I’ve acquired “junk” and made the best of it by salvaging and recycling. Usually, a salvaged PC isn’t going to have great specs, but operating systems like Jolicloud and Chrome don’t require great specs. It’s easy to be a “good steward” with all the great open source software available. And with cloud computing, you don’t have to spend a bundle on a PC just so you can carry around Microsoft’s dead weight.

    1. I agree – I think the value is on the “lighter” hardware required because of cloud computing – however, the trick is to see how much the cloud computing services rely on the client’s hardware for more complex work. Thinking out loud – if a cloud based image editing app, for instance, pushed most of the computations onto the client, then we run into an issue where the hardware may not perform. But, if the service did the lifting server-side, we get back to higher value for the customer.

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