I found out this very interesting benchmark on Linux and Windows the other day on Tuxradar.com:
> View the benchmark
The synthesis of this benchmark would be this:
Linux Windows Benchmark synthesis
Booting up time are nearly the same around 60 secondes. Linux is faster at shutting down 9 secondes vs. 14 secondes. Linux is better at copying file to HD or USB sticks. Windows is better at the Richards benchmark which measures the pure performance. And of course Linux is free which isn’t the case obviously with Windows even though the price is concealed in the price of your new computer.
These results may explain why Google wants the laptops running Chrome OS to feature a SSD drive instead of a Hard Drive. Chrome OS is based on a Linux Kernel hence its performance shouldn’t be far from this benchmark unless you change the hardware to fasten the whole system.That’s exactly what Google is endeavouring to provide an outstanding experience and make a real difference with Windows.
There seems to be a united front against Google these days:
- Apple and Microsoft are discussing about replacing Google Search Engine by Microsoft Bing in the iPhone.
- Nokia just announced that turn by turn navigation on Nokia Maps will be free following the same announce from Google on Android with Google Maps
- Mobile Ad companies are snatched up one after the other by Apple or Nokia to compete with Google.
- Nokia and Microsoft are collaborating on laptops, and web services.
Why so much hatred?
Google has just the nasty habit to destroy value and businessses which used to help big fishes in the pond to make a (good) living. Google isn’t playing by the rules of the others as it doesn’t sale anything to the end user (device, software, or service).
With the amount of money it gets from Internet Ad, Google can subsidize nearly any activity. Last example was making turn by turn navigation free on Android. It just destroyed the business of many companies, like TomTom, Copilot, etc.
I’m not saying the war is not raging between Microsoft, Nokia and Apple. But none of them is getting such a strong position as Google and none of them is fighting on so many fronts at the same time: OS, Browser, Search Engine, Navigation, etc.
Google 'real world' ad for Chrome
Google’s moto is said to be ‘don’t do evil’, but it just seems that for the IT and Telco community Google is the Great Evil these days.
Chrome OS has been presented by the press all around the world as a challenger of Microsoft Windows. I don’t believe this is the case. Google has pushed forward the launch of Chrome OS not to compete with Windows Vista or the new Windows 7 but to fill up the vacuum created by Microsoft itself.
If you have a look at the OS mapping there is a vacuum is the Always connected 7” – 11” device segment. This segment based on ARM architecture is untapped by Microsoft for an unknown reason. Maybe to protect its relationship with Intel? Windows should be the standard OS in this segment as it is in the Netbooks. Manufacturers were considering introducing Android but the OS isn’t fit for large displays and PC like experience. The alternative was a Linux distribution called Red Flag which is too confidential to get consumers’ awareness and create some traction. The first Netbooks featuring Linux distributions have been swiftly replaced by Windows SKUs.
Google stepped in this segment probably pushed by Qualcomm and ARM. So the main target of Google isn’t the netbook segment but the smartbook one. The support of x86 architecture may be just a smoke screen for Microsoft not to see the primary target. I believe Windows is still for a long time the standard OS for Netbooks and Laptops.
As the future’s belongs to the connected data devices, Google has taken the initiative in the next ICT battle, pushing Microsoft in a corner. But for how long?
Google just announced that they will release next year Chrome OS, an Operating System dedicated to access the Internet and all the services available on the network. This OS will be based on a Linux kernel and of course on Chrome web browser. It will run on x86 and ARM architectures. There are reasons to rejoice and reasons to be frighten.
3 Reasons to hope
- This OS may create the momentum around Linux that has always missed. The consumer awareness of Linux is very low and Linux is perceived as complex, i.e. an OS for geeks. People will realize with Chrome OS that Linux is mature and supports nearly any hardware without hassle.
- Chrome OS seems to be the proper OS which was missing for the ‘smartbook’ segment. The smartbook segment, netbooks based on an ARM processor, was missing a laptop OS: Android was too much smartphone oriented and Microsoft doesn’t want to port any Windows on ARM. >> see previous post
- Manufacturers will now consider Linux as a standard platform and drivers will flourish shortening the time between hardware release and Linux drivers availability
3 Reasons to fear
- End user will be bound to the Google experience, backing-up data on Google servers opening even more its personal data to the advertisement giant
- Microsoft business model is quite simple, the software has a price tag. The data is your property. In the case of Google, the value is in the analysis of your personal data for advertisers. Hence one can expect to get pinpointed by ads anytime and anywhere.
- Google is raiding Open Source softwares to build up its OS. Google needs in return to contribute to the community with some improvements.
And what if your next computer offers you the choice of the OS when booting up? I’m pretty sure Microsoft Windows 7 contract with OEM won’t permit it.
Now, let’s wait more leaks from Google to get the details and make up our minds. Anyway it won’t be a blitz krieg, the new battle for the connected netbook OS will be long.