Google took two years to work out the concept for its Chrome operating system. Now the first Chromebook — from Samsung — is out. It’s fast and secure, but it doesn’t offer all the functions of today’s laptops — and it can do next to nothing without internet access.
But there are bright spots too. For instance: boot—up time. A Windows laptop can take two or three minutes until it’s ready to run.
It’s a whole different story with the Samsung Chromebook: it takes nine seconds from pressing the start button until the login window pops up. Only two more seconds elapse after the password is entered.
It takes about the same amount of time for the netbook to make a wi—fi internet connection, pulling up the web—based user interface.
Things go even faster — a total of three seconds — when it’s time for the Chromebook to wake up from standby and re—establish its wi—fi connection. That’s a feat so far only mastered by laptops like the MacBook Air, which has an SSD hard drive. But those SSD—enabled laptops usually cost twice the 400 euros (561 dollars) asked for the Samsung device.
The operating system is key to the speed. Most laptops using either a Windows or Mac OS system open multiple layers of the system, as well as components and programmes during start up, creating the impression that the process takes an eternity.
Meanwhile, the Chromebook, at its core, is just a Linux operating system and the Chrome browser. Programmes like email clients, word processors, spreadsheets, games or photo processing programmes are not stored on the computer, but accessed via the browser as web services.