Google announces the Google Chrome Operating System


Google Chrome OS Operating System for Netbooks After years of speculation by different blogs and industry analysts, and the release of Android, Google has finally announced an x86 operating system called Google Chrome Operating System. Targeted to be available in the second half of 2010, Google Chrome OS will be an open source and light weight operating system targeted towards net books.

Google Chrome OS will be quick to boot and secure. It’ll be totally based on the Web so you can expect it to be a rather barebones operating system with Google Chrome being the main application. It’ll run on x86 as well as ARM processors with the software architecture being Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel.

Google is pushing for the web as a platform for Google Chrome OS. This probably means there wont be as many native applications for it as much as web applications, which are already present in a huge number on the Internet. Although, being based on Linux, I predict lots of current Linux applications being ported to it. The data on a Google Chrome OS will be accessible from anywhere which means it’ll be stored in the cloud.

I don’t see this new OS as being a direct competitor to Windows or OS X since they offer much much more than what Google plan to do with Google Chrome OS. You’ll hear lots of hype and FUD about Google Chrome OS over the next year from many major blogs, but I’ll advice you to think it for yourself as this OS is just another in the line of many cloud based operating systems already available for net books. It’s also targeted towards net books, but don’t forget, notebooks and desktop PCs are still pretty much alive.

[The above image is from Cloud OS by gOS]

Update: You can already see the FUD machine about Windows’ oncoming doom started here

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  • Muhammad Siyab

    great for netbooks, I guess

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  • So, more or less the concept is like Palm Pre’s webOS, only for computer instead of smartphone ?

    • Palm Pre has native applications as well. Google OS seems to be just centered around the browser.

      • They hasn’t offer native development kit for WebOS right ?
        I think currently, the framework offered for Palm Pre is to build application that runs on their implementation of webkit browser, that’s extended to access part of the system (such as address book or saving files).

  • Seika

    I think they hasn't gave IDE to build native application yet as for now.
    The concept sounds similar, a Linux core dedicated to run a more advanced browser which in return handle the whole user interface jobs.

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  • Philip

    If it’s as nice as the Chrome browser, it’s gonna be a monster. This is a good and a bad news at the same time for Microsoft. From a market share standpoint, it’s a threat. On the other hand, this will probably push them to begin listening to their customers and improve their products accordingly.

    No Office Online Suite in 2009 is a real shame.

    • Office Web Applications by Microsoft will be launched into testing this year, in 2009. I don’t have info on the final release though.

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  • Reka.D

    I don't really like it, hope soon new and more screenshots will be available but until then i will keep my Ubuntu.

  • Reka.D

    I don't really like it, hope soon new and more screenshots will be available but until then i will keep my Ubuntu.

  • Reka.D

    I don't really like it, hope soon new and more screenshots will be available but until then i will keep my Ubuntu.

  • Reka.D

    I don't really like it, hope soon new and more screenshots will be available but until then i will keep my Ubuntu.

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