One of the biggest tech news story coming out of the Labor Day holiday here in the U.S. is that Google is going to be releasing an open source operating system in the form of a Web browser.
Google's new Web browser – Named "Chrome" – is being released in, what else, beta form tomorrow in 100 countries according to a post on the official Google blog. They've chosen to announce Chrome with a 38-page comic book illustrated by Scott McCloud.
So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.
What's even more interesting is that the new gBrowser is being using components from WebKit, like the Apple Web browser, Safari.
We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path. We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others -- and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.
Lot's of additional Chrome coverage here on ZDNet blogs:
- Ryan Naraine: Google Chrome, the security issues
- Larry Dignan: Google to launch browser to battle IE
- Garett Rogers: Chrome--a good idea?
- Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: Is Google Chrome an IE/Firefox/Opera/Safari killer?
Update 2: MacRumors gleaned several of Chrome's features from the comic book:
Update 3: Screenshots