Google Chrome OS - Google’s New PC Operating System_59003

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Google is making a noise in announcing a new project - the Google Chrome
Operating System in its effort to venture into the world of operating systems
alongside the giant Microsoft, Mac OSX from Apple, Fedora and Ubuntu from the
open-source community. The new operating system attempts to challenge the
dominance of Microsoft's Windows system.
The Google Chrome OS (GCos) is now under development and will be an
open-source, lightweight operating system that will be targeted toward netbooks - the
smaller, no-frills, low-cost version of laptops. Netbooks are Atom- powered
mini-computers such as ASUS EEEPC, MSI Wind and so on.
The new Google Chrome Operating System will be running on top of a Linux kernel
and as Google announced it will be absolutely free as it will be open-source like
Fedora and Ubuntu.
Google already has an existing operating system with a moniker "Android" which was
designed to work across a variety of devices from phones, to set-top boxes to
netbooks. If you want to give Google Android a try without buying a T-Mobile
G1/G2/G3 or netbook, you can download a LiveCD disc image of the "Android" from
the internet. Just burn the image to a disc, insert it in your CD or DVD ROM drive,
reboot your computer and let it boot from the CD or DVD ROM drive so that you can
check out Android without installing it or affecting any files on your PC. The image
was also tested working on Virtual Machine, VirtualBox and VMware platforms.
The Google Chrome Operating System is targeted for people who spend most of their
time on the internet, and is being designed to power computers ranging from netbooks
to full-size desktop systems.
Speed, simplicity and security are the key factors of the new Google Chrome OS. The
new OS will be designed to be fast and lightweight and to startup and get you on the
web in a few seconds. The user interface will be minimal and as what they did in
Google Chrome browser, they will be going back to the basics and completely
redesigning underlying security of the new Operating System so that users don't have
to deal with viruses, malware and security updates.
I was able to test and use different distributions of open-source operating systems that
are already available. Each one has its weaknesses and strong points. Google has a lot
of work to do and will definitely need a lot of help from the open-source community
to realize their vision.
This will create a lot of hype, but it will surely take some time before we see the new
Google Chrome OS running on netbooks. Let's wait and see what Google has to offer
with this new Operating System. It's going to be a tough job for Google, but let's see if
they will keep their word.
Google has plans to release their free open-source operating system during the second
half of 2010.

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