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Chrome has been delayed to early 2011. The upcoming Google operating system will power tablets and netbooks from a variety of OEMs.  (Source: GbAna)
Alas netbook buyers, you will have to wait for Chrome

Google was forced to begrudgingly play the role of Grinch, delaying its Chrome operating system until after the holiday season.  That's disappointing news for holiday shoppers, as it means we won't likely see any 10" tablets from Google, and Windows will retain its netbook monopoly a bit longer.

However, the decision may ultimately be a good one as it will buy Google the time it needs to fix up and perfect its upcoming product.  

Google CEO Eric Schmidt let slip the news of the delay at the Q&A session of the Web 2.0 Summit on November 15.  He said that Chrome would ship in the "next few months."

Google had originally targeted a November-December launch Window when it announced the upcoming operating system last November.  The tentative launch lineups includes netbook and tablet products from Acer, ASUS, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Toshiba.  It is unclear whether that lineup has been changed at all, given the delays.

A Google spokesperson would only say, "We are very happy with the progress of Google Chrome OS, and we'll have more details to share later this year."

Chrome OS is a Linux distribution, but is unusual in that users will exclusively interact with it via the built-in browser.  Programs will run as web apps inside the company's Chrome browser, the world's third most-used browser with 70 million users.  File browsing, word processing, and other common tasks will all be handled via web apps.

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By GruntboyX on 11/22/2010 1:44:40 PM , Rating: 3
Meh.... the market has moved passed Chrome and is looking at making Android Work. by the time Chrome OS comes out, Ipad will be on REV -2 and the blackberry playbook will be out. Not to mention the host of Android tablets running Gingerbread.

Why would I want Chrome OS?

RE: Vaporware
By omnicronx on 11/22/2010 1:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
I feel the same way. I have a feeling ChromeOS will be a giant flop.

Starting a platform from scratch in a market in its infancy is absolutely no comparison to what they are up against here.

I've been playing around with chromiumOS and I am less than impressed.

RE: Vaporware
By kmmatney on 11/22/2010 2:18:05 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. A netbook running Android (which can at least run third party Apps outside the browser) is much more appealing than a netbook running Chrome.

RE: Vaporware
By Reclaimer77 on 11/22/2010 4:19:57 PM , Rating: 2
Why would I want Chrome OS?




:( lol

RE: Vaporware
By BZDTemp on 11/22/2010 5:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
Wait and see. It's not like Google to not have a plan.

RE: Vaporware
By y0ssar1an on 11/23/2010 1:02:09 PM , Rating: 1
Starting with Chrome 9, the Chrome browser will support Native Client (NaCl). That means it can run native code within a browser sandbox. That means any Windows, Mac, or Linux app can be ported to Chrome OS. Though it would require a nontrivial amount of work, there's no reason why you couldn't run COD: Black Ops on Chrome OS at equal or better performance.

Let me say that again. An OS that is 1/60th the size of Windows on disk, that is far more secure than Windows by design, and that boots in under 7 seconds on a netbook, can do anything Windows can do.

Chrome OS will rule all of our balls in 2011. Godspeed Google.

Why would I want ChromeOs?
By troysavary on 11/22/2010 6:43:25 PM , Rating: 2
Why get a half-assed browser based sorta-Linux? If I wanted Linux on a netbook I would get a real distro and call it a day.

RE: Why would I want ChromeOs?
By vortex222 on 11/22/2010 8:26:54 PM , Rating: 3
because its google.

RE: Why would I want ChromeOs?
By vortex222 on 11/22/2010 8:29:02 PM , Rating: 2
i know thats not much of a reason, but its the only thing i could think of...... other then that, there isn't any reason. Having internet connectivity mandatory on a device to have functionality is not my idea of fun.

RE: Why would I want ChromeOs?
By priusone on 11/22/2010 9:07:23 PM , Rating: 2
I kinda agree with you. A few years ago, I installed Linux on an old laptop that I had laying around, and following the directs to the T, I was able to take a slow laptop and turn it into a fairly fast internet-only laptop.

The problem is, is for the average person, Linux is a total PITA. I know how to use DOS and what not, but SUDO SU, and all those other weird terms, yeah, one heck of a learning curve.

For me, Linux is useful in that it runs great on anything and is great for taking older machines and making them usable for web surfing. Right now I am working on making a small home server running Linux.

I can't wait to see what Google has in store for Chrome, not that I don't mind banging my head against my Linux boxes from time to time.

I have a feeling
By muhahaaha on 11/22/2010 9:49:04 PM , Rating: 1
I have a feeling that Google knows exactly what they're doing here.

The idea of a light weight, completely web-centric computer that uses Cloud Computing makes a lot of sense. This is where things are going, and they might just shake things up and give MS and Apple a run for their money, if they can execute this properly.

Google isn't likely to release Chrome OS until it's perfect, and they have some big companies on board.

With Google's obvious success and talent (i.e., Android), I think there is something big coming with Chrome OS, something game changing, something that will make MS and Apple cry for mommy.

Go Google! Stick it to em.

RE: I have a feeling
By muhahaaha on 11/23/2010 8:58:41 AM , Rating: 2
So why am i rated down for expressing an opinion? Reader1 must be back in town after blowing his wad in cuppertino.

RE: I have a feeling
By joos2000 on 11/23/2010 4:18:16 PM , Rating: 1
No, you don't get rated down for voicing your opinion; you are being voted down because your opinion is shit.

RE: I have a feeling
By zodiacfml on 11/23/2010 9:57:16 AM , Rating: 2
They know it is different enough for many things already out there and only desires to hook people more on the net than beating any competition.

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

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