Tel Aviv is currently Israel's undisputed tech capital. In fact, The Wall Street Journal has called it "Europe's main technology hub." With a population of 400,000, Tel Aviv is twice the size of Be'er Sheva and is home to over 1200 high tech companies and 700 early-stage startups. About two-thirds of all seed stage startups in Israel are currently located in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. However, if there's one thing that the ATP threatens to change more than anything else, it is moving the nexus of the Israeli tech community 70 miles southwest to Be'er Sheva.
I just tried it and was somewhat unimpressed. I don't see the utility of this project when there are plenty of full-blown Linux OS's that can run off of a flash drive, unless they are trying to compete with Splashtop-like features on laptops where you don't have to boot into the real os but still do basic web surfing. If you can only use it when you are connected to the internet, what's the point, if they cannot expand it beyond a simple cloud OS then I don't see this being a very successful venture. However, Google may give the open source community valuable publicity and help the average user see Linux in a more favorable light. What would be really cool is if they could make this distro bootable to small devices like phones and tablets (like the nokia n810) and provide a full featured web experience without high resource usage.
“The regulators were pretty skeptical at the start, I have to say,” Stephen Eimer, an executive vice president with Related tells Mercury News . After much back and forth, Bay Area regulators have finally accepted Related’s technical document that outlines how the site would be made safe. A foot-thick concrete barrier would be laid over 30 square acres. Housing would be built over shops and restaurants to create more distance between the residents and the waste. Sensors and alarm systems would monitor gasses and a separate system would collect and dispose of it.