gcos? (in Off-topic)

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] July 8 2009 2:26 PM EDT


QBsutekh137 July 8 2009 2:40 PM EDT

Interesting, though I am not sure I understand Google's "all over the board" development process. The article states this is NOT a version of Android, so, for whatever reason, Google thinks it is smart to have Android for phones and GCOS for netbooks (and perhaps beyond).

Why have two separate code bases? It is all some sort of *nix at the core. Apple is making OSX run on everything from iPhones to XServe appliances (at least their official stance is that the iPhone uses a lighter form of OSX). That makes sense to me.

I know Google has so much money and resources right now that they could probably create 50 different OSes at once. That doesn't mean it makes sense to do so... I better go research and make sure the article wasn't high when it said GCOS is not related to Android...

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] July 8 2009 2:43 PM EDT

was android linux based?

QBsutekh137 July 8 2009 3:15 PM EDT

According to Wikipedia:

Android is a mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel.[2] It was initially developed by Google and later the Open Handset Alliance.[3] It allows developers to write managed code in the Java language, controlling the device via Google-developed Java libraries.[4]

And there is a URL for www.androidlinux.com...

So yeah, I think it starts from Linux.

Perhaps that is all the similarity required between Android and GCOS -- a Linux kernel. From there, most flavors of Linux vary pretty wildly in terms of performance, optimizations, interfaces, and core libs used anyway...

QBsutekh137 July 8 2009 3:20 PM EDT

Plus, since GCOS is basically just Chrome beefed up to be a standalone OS, I can't very well expect it and Android to be based on the same thing...

Seems sort of strange that Chrome doesn't even run on OSX yet, and still they are making it a standalone OS. One would think such an independent piece of software would already run on just about every other OS out there. *smile*
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