Friday, January 14, 2011

Hidden Chrome OS Screensaver

Chrome OS has a pretty cool screensaver on the filesystem that's not enabled right now. You can see what it looks like though by copying the text below and pasting it into the omnibox (as if you were typing in another website). Hit the fullscreen button (box with two diagonal arrows, where the F4 key would be) to see what it'd look like as a screensaver.

file:///usr/share/chromeos-assets/screensavers/screensaver.htm

so why hasn't Google enabled the screensaver in Chrome OS yet? Well, pressing CTRL+ALT+T and then typing "top" in the shell shows us why. The Chrome browser is eating up 100% CPU time just rendering the screensaver! That'll kill your 8 hour battery pretty quick. As cool as this screensaver is, I doubt we ever see it live. Everything we've seen in the Cr-48 shows Google is much more concerned with performance (battery and CPU) than it is with looking pretty. Turning off the screen saves both screen and battery life.