Way to go Google.
I will certainly wanna install Chrome on a machine to test it, Just like I wanna have a disk on my machine with XP/Vista/Windows 7. But I would never use Chrome as my MAIN OS. Only Linux.
I think Google is the new Microsoft. M$ were created when the market was fresh and developing and there was a lot of stuff just lying around waiting to be picked up and utilized by the quick entrepreneur. Google had to struggle in a much more mature computer-business environment, meaning they had to be smart, flexible and innovative, or else they would not have succeeded. And then again - the state of the internet in '96 was not that much different from the conditions in the computer market in the late 70's - still a vastly unexplored land.
I've tried out Google Chrome, and it is quite good, but I don't like the fact that it has so few configuration options. After Firefox, which has so much more to offer in that department, and that even without including the about:config options page, using Chrome felt like driving in handcuffs. I also don't appreciate the fact that Chrome installed "GoogleUpdates" on my machine without asking me, and if I kill the process it pops up again somewhere else, and it is actually quite tricky, as it can take the shape of a service or a regular process. This is called spyware or sneakyware, and it definitely is unsettling. And another annoying thing I've noticed about Gmail - they are downgrading many features..... that just don't sit right with me, y'know? Smells too much like Microsoft.
Google's technologies are impressive, but I keep thinking about the phrase "beware of G[r]eeks bearing gifts", and I'm suspicious of all the new shiny free stuff they are giving away. Have you got any idea how much data on millions of people they are hoarding on their gargantuan server farms? So they give ya 7 Gigs of free space on Gmail just out of the goodness of their hearts, right?
In the business world, the bigger you are, the more things you can get away with, the more you can bend laws and various constitutional provisions in different countries to your benefit. And I think that the bigger you get (and Google has grown very big), the more you can dictate things to your customers, until eventually you end up controlling certain aspects of their lives. And if you get big enough, you have to become another Microsoft, because, well, corruption empowers and if YOU don't do it, someone else will.
But then, of course, you cannot ignore progress and technological evolution, things in which Google seems to be playing a major role these days. I just wanna put as little of my eggs in their basket as possible. Linux is free. Harsh, but free, and that's what I'm sticking with.
(as soon as I learn how to control it, of course