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Chrome OS Arrives on the iPad--No Seriously!
by Sam Dean - Oct. 05, 2010Comments (11)
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Unless you've been under a rock for the past several months, you're aware that Apple's iPad is yet another huge hit for the company. Indeed, it has succeeded where countless tablet computers--including many Windows tablets--have failed in the past. Leave it to hackers, though, to find their own ways to improve on what Apple refers to as "magic" on the iPad. As noted on the PadGadget blog, a user named Hexxeh has posted a video online of the iPad running Google's upcoming Chrome OS. You can watch it here. Will Chrome OS, or other operating systems, have a future on iPads?Hexxeh was able to put Chrome OS on an iPad because the open source code for the operating system is available in its Chromium state, but it's not necessarily true that Apple will allow iPads to run other operating systems going forward. That's typically not a level of openness found in the Apple playbook.Nevertheless, it's worth considering what it might mean to have a robust OS like Apple's on the same tablet as one that runs a cutting-edge operating system like Chrome OS. Why wouldn't users love that? After all, a big part of the iPad's success is its facility with the large ecosystem of apps available in Apple's App Store. But Chrome OS is optimized for using cloud apps of all stripes, and is also said to be a speed demon in early incarnations. Why wouldn't Chrome OS, running alongside another operating system, make for an ideal tablet?Unfortunately, that's not how big tech companies think. Apple will probably do everything it can to keep alternative operating systems off of the iPad, and it's unlikely that Google and Apple will sit down at the table of brotherhood to work on a dual-OS tablet. It is interesting to see hackers taking to the idea, though, and given the number of open source operating systems out there, maybe an entirely different spin on a dual-OS tablet has a future. 
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by Ron on Oct. 06, 2010[i]Why wouldn't users love that?[/i]
Because 98.5% of all users barely, if at all, know what an Operating System is.
Also, you (well, *I*) can imagine the utter chaos ensuing from some artsy fartsy accidentally switching from iPad to Chrome OS and suddenly everything being *different*.
[i]Why wouldn't Chrome OS, running alongside another operating system, make for an ideal tablet?[/i]
Because Steve Jobs is an (Evil) Genius, knowing that KISS is the way to go in the CE market.
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by ThePhwner on Oct. 06, 2010So now that at least 50 blogs have posted this, has anyone verified this isn't another hoax? Can we see a boot video? Or get some instructions and source to try ourselves? Pretty easy to use an iPad to remote into another machine...
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by Dan on Oct. 06, 2010I think the only thing unique about the iPad is the OS. Otherwise, you can get any other tablet running Chrome for (presumably) less money. If there aren't already enough copycats on the market now, give it another few months.
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by an anonymous user on Oct. 06, 2010it's running Win XP too
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by an anonymous user on Oct. 07, 2010iOS is now what MacOS was in the late 80s/early 90s - something Apple is going to milk every last cent out of even as far cheaper and 'more good enough' competitors hit the market.
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by HollywoodLights on Oct. 07, 2010I actually think this might make for an interesting product. I admit that despite using a Windows computer I am more of an apple fan. I wouldn't mind seeing the iPad dual boot although I would rather see it dual boot Android OS if anything. Thats my 2 cents.
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by Chad on Oct. 11, 2010I think that is just a full screen VNC/RDP app or a citrix application that the ipad is running... I think this is faked...
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by Malgaur on Oct. 13, 2010This is very similar to the iDroid project (Android on the iPhone) over at 'idroidproject.org'. Very exciting times, indeed!
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by Malgaur on Oct. 13, 2010P.S. The previously mentioned iDroid project has a boot loader called OpenIBoot that does allow dual booting between Android & iOS for those who are interested in dual booting an iDevice (iPhone, iTouch, iPad). I do not see why this Chrome OS port could not use it as well.
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by an anonymous user on Aug. 19, 2011Awesome Playstation 3 hacking site www.ps3jailbreakz.com
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by ultraman games(http://www.ultraman-games.game37.net) on Aug. 19, 2011can we have 2 operation systems on an ipad? just like we install linux and windows???
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