Google announces Chrome OS

Google announces Chrome OS

Summary: Google this afternoon announced the creation of the Google Chrome Operating System project, with the goal to build a Linux-based OS available for purchase on netbooks in the second half of 2010.


Google this afternoon announced the creation of the Google Chrome Operating System project, with the goal to build a Linux-based OS available for purchase on netbooks in the second half of 2010.

The search giant said in a blog post that most of the user experience will happen on the web, and the interface will follow the minimal Chrome browser aesthetic.

"As we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work," the company said.

Google said that it had already been talking to partners for the project, although none were named. The project's source code will be open sourced later on this year and is intended to run on x86 as well as ARM chips. A new windowing system will be created to run on top of the Linux kernel.

Harking back to the original third-party application development model for the iPhone, Google stated that application development will be web-based.

Google stressed the separation between Google Chrome OS and Android: the former is targeted at users spending the majority of their time on the web on netbooks and full-blown desktops whereas Android is aimed at phones, set-top boxes and netbooks.

"While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google," the search giant said.

Topics: Android, Browser, Google, Hardware, Operating Systems, Reviews


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  • Amazing

    Someone releases another linux distro & it makes headlines? What a joke.. these guys fart & the world smells roses..
  • Lets hope it is Amazing

    Why wouldn't it? Perhaps the biggest Internet company in the Universe moves into the OS arena and it ain't news?

    You on crack?
  • Not even close to a surprise

    This is the least surprising announcement in history. Also the most disappointing given that it'll be linux based. The first guy was spot on.
  • HOW

    Why. He's wondering why it made news. It made news because its being developed by a company with a giant wad of cash behind it.

    And how is it disappointing that it will be Linux based? Why not wait until at least you get to see...well something.

    Some Ghit alright.
  • I want to try this

    When is it going to be finished Where I can download it from ???
  • Bye Bye Terminal

    Not to upset any linux people, but hopefully they get rid of the terminal in their version.
    It should not be required for day to day use or simple admin tasks.
  • A little more informed maybe?

    If you think Linux is that bad, maybe you should try it again. It has come a long way in recent years. But Google only plans to use the kernel and stuff I believe, which is basic handles all the hardware stuff and provides a foundation on which the software can depend.

    I think there should be a terminal. I don't think the everyday user should have to use it, but it should be there. Sometimes it is easier to tell some to copy and past some lines, then explain how to do some complex admin task through a GUI.
  • Google

    They were the company that was innovative and influential at the beginning of the millennium and then became entirely dreamy, self-indulgent and then finally irrelevant?
  • Android

    Google doesn't really have a choice. As any software developer will tell you, microsoft is a very difficult company to support now with constant changes in specifications, silly proprietary methodologies and its standards adverse approach to anything.

    Google either attempts to code for a dominant microsoft platform and gets cut off at the knees whenever Steve is in a chair throwing mood or recognises that most people (not corps) use their pcs for web and multimedia applications and that the OS is no longer that important. By implementing their own OS Google can shape the development environment and bring features to market as they are required rather than spend their time trying to code around microsofts latest mess or suffering the long delays imposed by various standards groups.

    If the OS is also able to run as a client under other OS’s then Google will reduce the barrier to adoption and we will see a sea change in a very short period of time leading to consumers making informed choices to ditch windows.
  • Whaaaaaaaaa

    What on earth are you talking about? Why not at least try Linux before complaining. Ubuntu for example, uses a GUI for nearly all 'simple admin tasks'. If you are going to get rid of the Linux terminal, you may as well get rid of the Windows command prompt!

    I don't know how anyone can put a negative spin on this. Linux is clearly behind, and now more so with Windows 7. With Google behind an OS, you would hope it gives us more choice. I can't think of a bad google product so far...can you?

    I mean you do like choice don't you?