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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: Why Linux and not BSD?
By Belard on 7/8/2009 3:29:49 PM , Rating: 3
Do you believe your own BS at this point?

Er... I didn't say its a fact... Vista blew chunks, Windows7 is easily a better OS. BUT in the real-world, people just want to browse. Unlike the 90s with Windows95~XP, we ran everything on the computer.

Just like in the 90s, we went to blockbuster to rent VHS tapes. While today we have OnDemand or downloads of videos and music to our cellphones and PCs.

How many home users care to spend $125~150 for MS-Office? If its work-related, the company should buy it. And a smart employee would have the company buy the computer too.

So if a typical person uses their CelPhone as their PDA. A browser for work & play... and browsers WORK the same on ANY OS... and people are printing less & less... and there are fewer and fewer games for Windows. Even enough that MS themselves ARE not supporting their OWN OS platform! Then what *IS* the point of having an MS-OS?

Its a fact about MS with their views on Windows Gamings. Halo3 and Gears of War2... hello? I bought gears for Windows... very good game. I play it in 1920x1200, easiy sharper than any xbox console. But MS stated "NO" for Windows.... gee thanks.

linux is still struggling for any coherence,

Really? NO, YOU DON'T SAY! Gee, I think I already brought that up. Linux is a serious OS. But as I stated, the various flavors makes things difficult. And a lot of Linux geeks *like* it that way, its their "club" - like back in the 80s and 90s when the avg Joe didn't use a computer.

But its really quite simple. They need to agree on an official Desktop PC Spec, which Utunbu is perhaps the best so that companies like Adobe knows that Install files and basic setup operations are the same on Utunbu, Chrome, Redhat, etc.

a new netbook OS that is highly internet dependent

Lets see... my Cel Phone operates great, not a WindowsOS. I have a Thinkpad notebook... which if it was worth it, I'd replace it with a netbook. I a much more portable computer that handle all my needs. On of my clients is actually replacing his 17" notebook with a 10" netbook.

If no games or specialized software is needed, then the OS becomes less important. With Linux, Mac, Celphones and even Amiga - a person can watch videos on Hulu & youtube. Use Google and other web-apps for word processing an even (gasp!) play games... the importance of MS goes down.

I didn't say MS is going under. They may last for another 10, 20 years or maybe 200. I don't know and I don't really care.

I'd like to see more gaming on the PC... higher res, details and power. Sure todays PS3s & 360s are powerful - but these guys expect these consoles to be "mainstream" for another 3 years! Our PC GPUs are already 3 generations ahead and DX11 is about to come out. But DX11 and whatnot means nothing if there isn't any major game development. The #1 game... WOW. And that'll work on any POS computer, which is why 10million+ people play it. No GTX 285 required. But something like Crysis has high demands, yet will work fine on todays $60 video cards.

The developers sees where the money is. Computer savvy users in which many are pirating or your typical human who only has a few buttons on his console?

This has ramifications. If PC gaming (I mean high-end 3D) dies, it would also effect consoles since they are using the experience and derivatives of PC hardware (CPU & GPU) to design the consoles. But if I have a PS3/PS4 plugged into a 50"+ TV to play games... why do I need to have a noisy and heat-generating $200 video card? Also, the demands for faster CPUs will reduce.

I'm playing with Windows7 on a 2Ghz AMD computer, it runs very good. Not quad-core / 8GB power system.

So with that... why do WE need Windows? With MS making software for all aspects of their OS (Office, paint, DTP, image manager, Firewall, AntiVirus, etc) - then these guys should start porting their software for Linux and Mac...

Not saying this WILL happen... like I SAID, Linux/GNU community have their issues. Its NOT the OS itself that is the problem. But its a possibility.

I still use Office 2000, it works 110% of my needs. I can get Office2010 for $100... but I see that as a waste of $$$. I give people OpenOffice 3.x and many find they don't require 100% or any MS compatibility... and its price is great... $0. (Yes, OpenOffice is NOT in the same league as Office2007/2010 - but for MOST home users, OpenOffice gets it done). If it Wasn't for Open Office, the Home/Student version of MS Office that sells for $100 wouldn't exist!

If MS actually loses Desktop market share... we WILL start to see the prices go down. World Wide... MS owns 90% of the market. Mac has 5%, Linux at 1+. Linux & Mac market share is growing. MS can only go down.... oh, and 66% of the Windows Market is STILL XP. Vista will never go over 25%.

As of NOW... the most expensive part for a PC that the end user buys, if building himself or from a small company is MS-Windows at $100~200.

RE: Why Linux and not BSD?
By SavagePotato on 7/8/2009 4:05:24 PM , Rating: 3
Microsoft isn't dominant in the market because of PC games.

The last PC game ever made could come out tomorrow and Microsoft would still be dominant in the market.

The majority of that market is and will continue to be business users.

Just keep on hoping for your big day and making grand statements like "this is Microsoft's last chance" I enjoy watching people make themselves look stupid with statements like that.

RE: Why Linux and not BSD?
By Belard on 7/10/2009 8:55:24 AM , Rating: 2
MS wont last forever. But they aint going anywhere soon. As long as Linux, Google and Apple keep picking pieces off, its better for everyone one, including us Windows users. And yes, I'll be buying Windows7... its a pretty good product.

RE: Why Linux and not BSD?
By SavagePotato on 7/10/2009 10:18:07 AM , Rating: 2
"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
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