When the technology became available for personal computers on a desktop, there was a significant paradigm shift in the way operating systems worked. And ever since the notebook has come into the mainstream, notebook operating systems (largely) have been desktop operating systems crammed into a smaller can. Yes, mobile phones came along with their own OSes, but it’s about time operating systems had a significant shift in the way mobile computing happens.
That said, I’m not entirely sure Chrome OS is it. But I’m interested to see where it goes. I like their security model (as long as we can trust the application host?). And for a group that has milked their customers for personal information for so long, I’m hesitant to think they should be the ones providing apps for you to, say, manage your finances on. Sorry, call me a conspiracy theorist. I’m actually not, because I don’t have a theory. I’m just distrustful.
Bottom line: Chrome OS looks very promising. If it is to OSes what Chrome is to browsers (as I type this post in a Chrome window) it might just be the catalyst that gets me to finally buy a netbook.