Google to Show Off Chrome OS This Week

Chrome OS to Launch Next Year

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Update: According to TechCrunch, Google will be holding a special Chrome OS event on Thursday morning, where they will show off demos and give an overview of the product, now said to be launching next year.

Original Article: Michael Arrington from TechCrunch claims to have heard from "a reliable source" that Google will be launching the much-anticipated Chrome OS within a week. The tech industry media has been punked on Chrome OS in the past, but as Arrington notes, Google has said to expect it in the fall, and fall is running out.

Chrome OS is Google’s attempt to "rethink what operating systems should be." It’s an open source, "lightweight" operating system to be initially targeted at netbooks.

"Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS," Google said upon the Chrome OS announcement. "We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work."

Chrome OS "The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform," the company continued. "All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform."

Arrington says he thinks driver support will be an issue with Chrome OS. "…Having a robust set of functioning drivers is extremely important to Chrome OS’s success. People will want to download this to whatever computer they use and have it just work," he says. "We expect Google will be careful with messaging around the launch, and endorse a small set of devices for installation. EEE PC netbooks, for example, may be one set of devices that Google will say are ready to use Chrome OS. There will likely be others as well, but don’t expect to be able to install it on whatever laptop or desktop machine you have from day one."

If Arrington’s source truly is reliable, then we should see how the launch of Chrome OS pans out very soon. It’s going to be very interesting to see how Google competes with Microsoft in the operating system space, as it is doing in both search and web browsers.

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  • http://www.PremierNetClicks.com CSSteve

    This upcoming release of Google’s Chrome OS could be a real mistake for the giant. They have a history of putting out half hearted attempts at apps that seem to be perpetually plagued with “beta” type issues.

    While that may be fine for gadgets and novelties, it simply will not fly when it comes to operating systems. Operated systems have to be rock solid. If they aren’t, users get real unhappy very fast. If this operating system is a failure, Google will get a first hand look at the pain that Microsoft endured with Vista and ME.

    If this operating system is a poorly designed, rushed to market product not ready for prime time, it could just well be a failure that sticks. And, if they are expecting the geek community to embrace it warts and all with the fervor garnered by Ubuntu, they have miscalculated. This think needs to work out of the box.

    So, I wait with interest to see how well thought out the new OS will be. I too believe that cloud computing is the future of the computer user. The only question is will Google be first to provide a real working solution.

    • Jack

      So, dude, how IS the pay at Microsoft these days for “blog posts”?

      • http://www.sitebyjames.com James

        Oh my… do we have a conspiracist among the Google ranks…

        Maybe Google OS is made by Aliens? Maybe just Fanboys?

  • thomas.tmc

    The greatest momentum behind these types of OSes are the fact that they mean cheaper devices. The OS has a very small footprint, and putting all of your files and applications online equals to huge reductions in the need for local storage space (ie hard drives or ssds). Also, the processing power used in these applications will not be local, so these devices will need less powerful CPUs. The OS is also cheaper since it’s basically just a browser.

    These types of OSes are great for portable devices, and not so much for desktops. In fact, it would be pointless to use this type of OS on a desktop. For one, economics. A desktop has a powerful array of expensive hardware that this OS doesn’t need. Also, you’re basically saying goodbye to every application that Google or MS doesn’t make a web version of.

    The great thing about the bulky OSes used on desktops is that they can do anything. Try writing a Nintendo emulator in javascript or flash. Sure, Google could make an online app that emulated the 8bit Nintendo, but with all of the legal issues do you think they would? Well, it is Google so maybe they would, but I doubt it. Maybe you could care less about playing a game on the old Nintendo system, but it’s just an example.

    There’s also the security aspects. EVERYTHING you do on this type of OS is sent over the net. Every keystroke, every click. All of your files reside on their computer, not yours. You infact don’t own those files anymore, but are granted access to them based on an agreement. The files are stored on hardware that belongs to Google or MS, not you. They have the legal right to do whatever they wish with them.

    The Google OS is great news for any type of portable computer, but the desktop and the bulky OS isn’t going away anytime soon.

    • http://www.karthik.tk karthik

      Well I have a 2 Tb hard disk and enough space to store all my files then why I have to go online and dependent on some one else ( that too I didnt have security of my personal files ) and next point the main reason people used to upgrade latest version of OS is due to high utilization of my available hardware components . If it works on a single and lefts rest three Then whats the use of buying a core 2 quad ( realy Im not mad ) Even you say its a light weight OS and doesnt make miracles Then do you think people need such a OS in world of Virtual servers and high end Gaming?

  • http://www.sitebyjames.com James

    After taking a quick look at the Beta state of the Chrome OS on their website… It doesn’t appear to be anywhere near ready…

    However… should it be… Way to go Google… Just get those product launches out in absolute rapid fire succession… focus on the revolutionary concepts which have their roots in Data Mining concepts rather products with consumer based appeal…

    Open Social -> Tanks (Nobody listening)

    Google Wave -> Tanks (Nobody Gets It)

    Google Chrome OS -> (Who Cares?)

  • http://picturemousemat.com tski

    Having tried googles busted internet browser which crashes every 5 mins, i don’t think i will even contemplate subjecting myself to the uncertainty of basing a PC’s entire capability on their OS.

    Folk may knock gates & co, but the software they produce does at least generally run for more than 5 minutes at a time without needing to restart.

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