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Google Chrome OS Cloud Too Risky, Expert Warns

Google Chrome OS Cloud Too Risky, Expert Warns

If you think Google’s Chrome OS operating system will be a success, you’ve got your head in the clouds, according to software expert, Richard Stallman, in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.

“I suppose many people will continue to move towards careless computing because there a sucker born every minute,” he stated.

Google’s Chrome OS system, first launched in July and is completely based around the cloud computing concept, will pose a litany of dangers to security and privacy information, in particular if the data storage is non localised.

It is based on the GNU/Linux system, the former of which Stallman founded, but is lacking the usual applications that accompany it, which is where the trouble lies for cloud storage.

If stored in another company’s machine in the US, police there will be able to search through information without the need for a search warrant, which would be required if contained within the company’s own network.

However, cloud computing looks set to completely change the business landscape, where a network of computers make up the cloud in a remote location, reducing the hardware and software load required in-office.

It have been flagged as one of the top ten future technologies, with Google also revealing last week that  it was among the top 10 searches for 2010.

Despite the criticism, Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes the move to Chrome is the holy grail of computing, saying in his blog “It’s something computer scientists have been dreaming about for a very, very long time.”

“As developers start playing with our beta Cr-48 Chrome OS computer, they’ll see that while it’s still early days it works unbelievably well. You can build everything that you used to mix and match with client software—taking full advantage of the capacity of the web” he continued.

The system is said to be installed for notebooks amid rumours that both Acer and Samsung are to launch a new breed of notebooks under the Google Chrome OS system in early 2011.

HP are also tipped to have a chrome operating system in the pipeline although has of yet not confirmed or denied the rumours.

Inventec are said to be partnering with HP on the project.

Acer said they were unable to comment on its release date for Australia when contacted by Smarthouse, although it is widely believed to be during Q1 2011.

Google unveiled its Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook last week as part of a pilot distributing the device to qualified users, developers and schools for testing and promises the system will make computers faster and with ease of functionality.