Google's new cloud computing ChromeOS looks like a plan "to push people into careless computing" by forcing them to store their data in the cloud rather than on machines directly under their control, warns Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the operating system GNU.
"I think that marketers like cloud computing because it is devoid of substantive meaning. The term's meaning is not substance, it's an attitude: "Let any Tom, Dick and Harry hold your data, let any Tom, Dick and Harry do your computing for you (and control it)." Perhaps the term "careless computing" would suit it better."
Also, in a related news, Former Googler, and FriendFeed founder, Facebook-er turned investor Paul Buchheit just tweeted this zinger:
"Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or "merged" with Android)"
Here's from Buchheit's FriendFeed thread:
ChromeOS has no purpose that isn't better served by Android (perhaps with a few mods to support a non-touch display).
I was thinking, "is this too obvious to even state?", but then I see people taking ChromeOS seriously, and Google is even shipping devices for some reason.
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