Is ChromeOS a threat to desktop Linux?

In today's open source roundup: Linux versus ChromeOS on the desktop. Plus: Should you use Linux or Windows for your business? And KDE developer Aaron Seigo attacks community managers

ChromeOS devices have really taken off in terms of popularity over the last few years. But does this success pose a threat to the future development of Linux on the desktop? Or are we taking apples and oranges? Datamation looks at the differences between Linux and ChromeOS.

According to Datamation:

Anyone who believes Google isn't "making a play" for desktop users isn't paying attention. In recent years, I've seen ChromeOS making quite a splash on the Google Chromebook. Exploding with popularity on sites such as, it looks as if ChromeOS could be unstoppable.

In this article, I'm going to look at ChromeOS as a concept to market, how it's affecting Linux adoption and whether or not it's a good/bad thing for the Linux community as a whole. Plus, I'll talk about the biggest issue of all and how no one is doing anything about it.

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ChromeOS devices have always struck me as being much more "appliance-like" than traditional Linux distributions. The goal for Google seems to be that you turn them on and just go about your business. With desktop Linux there's more work involved but along with that extra effort comes a tremendous amount of control over your experience.

Most ChromeOS users are probably not going to care about having such control. They most likely want to buy a ChromeOS device and then simply do all of their usual tasks without caring much about what's going on under the hood. No doubt there are some desktop Linux users that are the same way, but I suspect there are many who are the exact opposite and need to be able to fine-tune their systems.

In the end I see ChromeOS and desktop Linux as appealing to two very separate kinds of users. I don't see them in direct competition since they offer different things. Quite a few desktop Linux users might not want anything to do with Google's products or services, and ChromeOS is all about those things.

Linux versus Windows for your business

TechRadar Pro has a comparison of Linux and Windows for businesses.

According to TechRadar Pro:

Choosing an operating system may seem simple but can result in restrictions on what applications you can run, and if not executed properly, can result in slow running services and websites which will not load.

There are two popular operating systems for businesses, each available with different options. Let's take a look.

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As always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Linux makes a lot more sense to me, but your mileage may vary depending on the needs of your business. So it makes sense to step back and figure out what you actually need before deciding on an operating system.

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