Gmail creator predicts death of Chrome OS

Google’s Chrome OS is only just making its way into the hands of a select few testers, and its death is already being predicted.

Gmail creator predicts death of Chrome OS

Paul Buchheit, who created Gmail before leaving Google to start FriendFeed, said on his account on that site: “Chrome OS will be killed next year (or ‘merged’ with Android)”.

Hours later, after the comment was picked up around the web, he noted his surprise that the Google OS had so many defenders despite it not being widely released yet.

“I’m surprised that an OS with approximately zero users would have so many fans,” he wrote. “For the record, I’m a big believer in the ‘instant on, cloud-based OS’ future, but that platform will be known as Android (and iOS).”

Google unveiled an early version of the web-focused OS last week, sending out notebooks running Chrome OS to select testers.

Since then, detractors have been out in full force, including Richard Stallman, who said the cloud computing model would lead to “careless computing”.

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