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Google finally ends long-term speculation, announcing a new Chrome OS

Google publicly announced it is working on a new Linux-based operating system aimed to compete against Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X.

Chrome OS is being designed by Google engineers for netbooks and is completely independent from its Android OS currently used on a growing number of smartphones.

"Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks," the company said in a blog post.  "Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010."

The OS itself is expected to make its debut sometime later this year.

Since Chrome OS will be available under an open source license, programmers can freely edit and modify the OS's code.  Furthermore, the OS will be designed for Intel and ARM processors, and could eventually transition away from netbooks to PCs and laptops.

The OS is specifically designed for users who use the internet heavily and won't be ideal for people who aren't connected to the internet often.  Google has said it would continue to launch new products and services in the cloud, including its own Gmail and Google Docs, but very few people expected an OS announcement.

Chrome OS will focus on speed, simplicity and security, and reportedly is a lightweight OS that will be able to boot up in just a few seconds.  Google hopes its interface will be simple enough for all users, with the GUI and user experience expected to be heavily Web-based.

Google is calling for help from the open source community to help work on the OS and iron out any bugs that may arise.

Many Google supporters said the company would eventually release a new OS -- wishful thinking, some analysts said -- but it appears to be a move that could move from netbooks to regular laptops.  Android, which is popular on smartphones, has led several manufacturers to begin using the OS on netbooks currently in development -- instead of porting Android over to netbooks immediately, it seems Chrome OS will help the void.

"We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear -- computers need to get better," the blog also reads.

Microsoft has long-ruled the OS market, but has faced increased pressure from Linux, and must now contend with yet another competitor.  Google has eaten into Microsoft's control of internet offerings, with its Google search engine, Gmail e-mail service, and other cloud-based services.

"We have a lot of work to do, and we're definitely going to need a lot of help from the open source community to accomplish this vision," the Google blog ends.

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RE: Competition
By stubeck on 7/8/2009 6:50:33 AM , Rating: 3
The other big issue is the lack of documentation. I've been trying to get Nagios working at work, and while I see how great it can be, I've spent days trying to get it setup. At this point we're going to a Windows based approach simply because we've already spent $750 in my time trying to get around the bad and missing documentation.

RE: Competition
By yasbane on 7/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Competition
By mikecel79 on 7/8/2009 8:49:03 AM , Rating: 5
Seriously if he can't setup Exchange for a 50 person shop in a year then he has no idea what he is doing or he has not bothered to read the documentation. Exchange is one of the most well documented Microsoft applications. It's very easy to setup and administer.

I can setup an entire domain with basic Exchange functionality in one working day.

RE: Competition
By PitViper007 on 7/8/2009 9:16:53 AM , Rating: 4
Agreed. Exchange isn't exactly rocket science.

RE: Competition
By HelToupee on 7/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: Competition
By Spuke on 7/8/2009 12:04:15 PM , Rating: 5
Doing Exchange CORRECTLY is rocket science, however.
But it shouldn't take a YEAR to setup correctly. Maybe a few days but a year? C'mon!

RE: Competition
By PitViper007 on 7/8/2009 1:01:17 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Yes there are security issues you have to take care of, but to take a year, and STILL not have it set up?

RE: Competition
By mikecel79 on 7/8/2009 2:38:00 PM , Rating: 3
Exchange 2000 and up do NOT act as an open relay out of the box. This was true with 5.5 but not 2000 an up. Also your DC has NOTHING to do with if Exchange SMTP is setup as an open relay, that's just flat out wrong misinformation.

Exchange isn't trying to hide anything from you. Just because you don't configure Exchange by editing a bunch of config files doesn't mean it's hiding the information. You just need to know where to look for it.

Again Exchange isn't rocket science you just need a competant admin to run it. I wouldn't expect a Sendmail admin to just pickup Exchange in an hour nor would I expect the same from an Exchange admin.

Your link is interesting (and I've read it many times before) but is has nothing to do with Exchange being an open relay by default. This has to do with distribution list management and permissions.

RE: Competition
By 91TTZ on 7/8/2009 9:41:48 AM , Rating: 4
I find that very hard to believe. You probably concocted a little story to support your personal beliefs.

How in the world can someone not be able to set up Exchange in 1 year? You can get it running in 1 day.

RE: Competition
By killerb255 on 7/8/2009 12:20:23 PM , Rating: 2

Even better, run Small Business Server 2003 or 2008 (which come with Exchange 2003 and 2007 respectively), and it works about 90% out of the box!

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