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Google announces Chrome OS for Netbooks




Can’t believe this is true but the official Google has announced it has developed a Chrome Operating System targeted towards netbooks.

The announcement same out today:

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. 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. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

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Google Chrome OS will be based on a Linux kernel and will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips. Google is actually talking to several netbook manufacturers to bring the Chrome OS to market by middle of next year.

Google Chrome OS is a separate project from Google Android. Everybody is going to get very busy — Nokia and Intel is cooperating on Moblin, Google has Chrome OS and Microsoft has Windows 7. Since Chrome OS is basically just another Linux flavor, will it succeed or go the same path as Xandros on the Eee PC?



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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25 Responses

  1. noel says:

    Google is now fighting Microsoft on their main turf, the OS industry.

    I think this will be good news. Anything that would benefit the consumers is always welcome.

  2. Gwapito says:

    First of the bigger things to come?

  3. Rome says:

    i knew it! Google OS has finally been verified and its not just a rumor! Woah! Just as I imagined it; Google is aiming for web applications. To quote TechCrunch: “What Google is doing is not recreating a new kind of OS, they’re creating the best way to not need one at all.”

    (see: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/07/google-drops-a-nuclear-bomb-on-microsoft-and-its-made-of-chrome/)

    I think that is also the main reason why Google’s been pushing the HTML 5 standard.. so that even if you’re not connected to the net, you’ll still be able to work and just upload the changes once you’re online again..

    Web [desk]Tops / WebOSes like DesktopTwo and eyeOS will benefit from this move from Google.

    Whatdyathink?? :D

  4. Victor says:

    We shall see how it fairs with other operating systems.. WinXP sp3 pa din ako. Hehe

  5. bertsan531 says:

    looks interesting…at least we have a choice aside from windows

  6. Patrick says:

    I was shocked when I saw Google’s tweet and instantly tried to remember if it was April fool’s again. :D

    I’m not sure if I’ll be using this at all since I’m already all set for Windows 7. But this is good news to stiffen up the netbook OS competition.

  7. Corporal Killjoy says:

    I’m so proud of Google (sniff).

  8. a.cantos says:

    as long as the brand is attached, i think it will be loved…

  9. william says:

    interesting, i just hope it doesn’t fail like linux in the netbook market. but with google backing up the project, this would be really interesting.

  10. loadex says:

    Financial might of Google will make the difference. A sharing scheme for every revenue of ads per netbook sold with the OS will be definitely a good proposal. Anyway it is all about business at the end of the day!

  11. VoteTheDay says:

    We invite everybody to speculate on the outcome of the battle ‘Google Chrome OS-Windows’. Is Google going to knock Microsoft down? Or Windows will never be defeated as the most popular OS? Tell us – http://www.votetheday.com/software/google-chrome-os-kills-windows-431/

  12. The Rain says:

    Fail like Linux in the Netbook market????????????????????? Linux dominates the Netbook.
    7 out of 10 netbook owners replace the default installed OS with a Linux Distro soon after purchase.
    Just because MS threatens the manufacturers if they sell Linux Netbooks, doesnt make it a failure .. it just shows how evil and monopolizing MS is.

  13. cheesy says:

    i am using ubuntu and mint now… sana maganda yung interface ng Google chrome OS pero dependent pa din ako sa MS kapag presentation ang gagawin mas madali kasi at dun na nasanay kaya yung ubuntu naka dualbooth

  14. Teknisyan says:

    Yeah.. come 2010, it’s gonna be war of the OS! With MS being the defender.. defending their turf that is!!!!

    http://teknisyan.blogspot.com

  15. Teknisyan says:

    hey… what gives.. let me just post it again..

    It’s gonna be a battle of the titans.. once Google OS is released to the market!!

    But this time, it’s the other way around…

    Google Vs other web search!!!

    Now this time, it will be…

    Windows vs. other OS(linux and Mac as the leader)

    MS with it’s deep pocket… will try to depend it’s main cashcow, til the very end!!!

  16. CPB says:

    Microsoft hasn’t developed a good Operating System lately that’s why companies such as Google, Linux and Apple have tried to gain market share by promoting new and better OS.

  17. Technochase says:

    This is perfect! I can test this os on my coming netbook. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Jhay says:

    What’s next, a full-scale Google OS for the desktop? Now that would be something!

  19. Mark Jason says:

    Well Google Chrome (browser) is indeed great and performed excellently (at least for me, even better than firefox). So let’s see if my impression on the browser coincides with the OS. I can’t wait for Windows 7, though I want to see how Google beats up MS. This is war.

  20. It is always nice that there are new thing that we will surely enjoy. I am planning to buy a new notebook and I hope I can have this one as my OS so I can try it out and make a comment about it.

  21. john says:

    Can’t wait to use this os… Take a look of some Google Chrome OS Leaked Screenshots..

    http://dl4free.org/chrome-os-leaked-screenshot-its-faked/

  22. Well Chrome OS looks promising and with the resources at hand by google I am sure this OS could be better than any linux based OS.

  23. chrome is good and faster than mozilla. Mozilla has some issues now

  24. it promises smaller megabyte footprint, but will it be compatible with some of my needed apps? like Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office Enterprise, and KMP Media Player?

  25. Peter Falku says:

    There is also way how to run windows applications on chrome OS .. see tryVPS.com

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