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Open Source Google Chrome OS in the Works

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: 04:24AM

Following the release of the Google Chrome web browser nine months ago, Google has announced its latest project: an open source Google Chrome operating system. The Google Chrome OS will be designed for people who spent the majority of their time on the web, focusing on speed, simplicity and security along with an unintrusive GUI (Graphical User Interface). The Chrome OS will be based on a Linux kernel with a new windowing system and aims to have users on the Internet within seconds whilst maintaining security against online threats such as malware. Google Chrome OS will operate on x86 and ARM based CPUs. Google is currently working with numerous OEMs to have Chrome OS based netbooks available for consumers in the second half of next year. The code of Chrome OS will become open source later this year.

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MrAlex on July 8, 2009 12:49PM
God please I hope they decide to go x86_64!
tkrow21 on July 8, 2009 12:56PM
It's for netbooks.
CheeseMan42 on July 8, 2009 04:47PM
Things that would make me want a netbook: This.
premiumgfx on July 8, 2009 05:58PM
It's also designed with full-size PC's in mind. I wonder if it'll be free.
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Kurobara on July 8, 2009 06:44PM
Of course it'll be free. As it's going to be based on Linux, there's no way they could charge for it. Most, if not all the code included in Linux requires that it is not used in a product, which is sold for profit. IBM and other recent backers of Linux, make their money by providing tech support. As far as x64 goes, there would be no advantage to being targeted at that architecture, unless the device had more than 4GB RAM in total. Given that it will be for netbooks, that is highly unlikely.
Comp Dude2 on July 9, 2009 03:57AM
Cool, chrome is a nice browser so it might be interesting to try this. However i cant see many users replacing windows with this and netbook hard drives are a little small for dual boots and the like. Might be popular with people looking to save money over buying a netbook with windows.

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