|Chrome OS to get native support for Windows file sharing|
|By Thom Holwerda on 2018-09-12 00:03:33|
A coming revision to Chrome OS will enable Windows-compatible network browsing by default. This means that Chromebooks will be able to connect with Windows PCs just as easily as other Windows PCs do today.
A very welcome change, especially among corporate users.
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|By on 2018-09-12 13:39:28|
I disagree with this direction. |
The whole point of chromebooks and cloud services was the idea that we could have device and network independent secure and simple endpoints, and we could pick and choose cloud-based services to consume through the very open interface known as the web.
This simplicity had huge benefits.
Really simple devices, almost state-less. Easy to manage and own. Easier to secure. Easier to discard or lose.
Data was primarily stored and processed server side - with the appropriate security around that data.
This move breaks that model.
We now have to local LAN resources and a security model that has to loosen to allow that. We have more complex information security architecture - and devices are now holders of data not just passive viewers (even then it was mostly encrypted).
The Microsoft SMB protocol isn't clean and open enough - which makes it both a technical and a security risk. Think about it - if it was so simple and open why do we keep having to play catch up with open source implementations?
I think this is a worrying counter-strategic move by Google.
They should, and have the resources, to stick to their no-network strategy.
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| · RE: I disagree by darknexus on 2018-09-12 15:02:45|
· RE: I disagree by Alfman on 2018-09-12 18:36:15