Wednesday, July 8th 2009

Google Announces Ambitious Chrome OS

Nearly nine months after launching the Chrome web-browser, which took the browser market by storm at least as far as pure-performance goes, with a conservative figure of 30 million active users, internet giant Google announced that it embarked on the ambitious-sounding Google OS project. The core ideology behind an OS of its own, is that it wants to focus on the web-connected era, which it feels current operating-systems are too dated and archaic in design. Of course it's not going to cater to a PC enthusiast, but the larger mass of internet and productivity users who will soon be using more web-based applications, and staying online and connected in general.

According to Google, its OS will be a light-weight, open-source, which will initially be targeted at netbooks and nettops. What's more interesting, is that it like POSIX-derivatives, it does not stick to one machine architecture. The OS will be available for both x86 and ARM. This opens up a lot of opportunity for consumer electronics companies working on ARM-based netbooks and MIDs. "Simplicity, speed, and security" will be the top design targets of the OS. Under the hood, Google OS will make use of a highly-customised Linux kernel. Google encourages its developer base to code web-applications, not exactly Linux apps, so the focus of its developer community remains on something that will work on any OS with a web-browser, and the developers get to cater to the largest base of target-consumers.

Google OS project is kept seperate from Andriod, another Google venture in the same direction albeit for consumer electronics such as smart-phones and set-top boxes. Google concludes by saying "We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don't want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet," which pretty-much sums it up that Google is serious about this venture. The OS will be available consumer-grade, by the second half of 2010. In the mean time, expect some pre-release fun.Source: Official Google Blog
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45 Comments on Google Announces Ambitious Chrome OS

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Many Thanks to mep916 for sending this in.
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#2
a_ump
this actually sounds really good. Only draw back is i can't see it going very far at all as general public as we all know buy systems from dell, hp, etc and those will always have Windows as their OS. This i can only see being used by some what computer literate-very tech savy users, but as you get to tech savy most users at that level are gamers/benchers or both and will use Windows. It sounds great i'm just not sure how far it will go. Another instance where if games revolved around OpenGL then Google OS could have been gamer satisfactory.(if they supported OpenGL which i'm sure they would)
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Google has the money to make sure someone like Acer, ASUS and Dell ship their PCs with this.
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#4
tkpenalty
Wow. Do want. This was bound to happen as google will probably become an independent nation sometime in the future :roll:
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#5
Grasshopper
Hell, it's about time!

by: a_ump
this actually sounds really good. Only draw back is i can't see it going very far at all as general public as we all know buy systems from dell, hp, etc and those will always have Windows as their OS. This i can only see being used by some what computer literate-very tech savy users, but as you get to tech savy most users at that level are gamers/benchers or both and will use Windows. It sounds great i'm just not sure how far it will go. Another instance where if games revolved around OpenGL then Google OS could have been gamer satisfactory.(if they supported OpenGL which i'm sure they would)
Google have the financial and PR muscle to do it and if Google OS come out user friendly enough Dell, HP etc will put it on their PCs. It's just matter of good advertisement.
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a_ump
by: Grasshopper
Hell, it's about time!



Google have the financial and PR muscle to do it and if Google OS come out user friendly enough Dell, HP etc will put it on their PCs. It's just matter of good advertisement.
huh, well i seem to be in wrong opinion then :P. I just assumed that even the basic house hold has children that want to play games on the computer, so if the OEM companies ship with Google OS wouldn't they have to include, "Not compatible with commercial games" or something on the box? I just think that'd be a turn off to most customers. I'm waiting for the Google Anti-virus :P i bet they'll have an integrated one with their OS when it's released, i expect their OS to be very internet secure as well.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Only that the target consumers are internet/productivity PCs to begin with. A netbook is well, a net-book. So a fast internet-oriented OS is what it will get. So will productivity users. That consumer base is large enough to get a big foothold in the OS market, enough to in the future allow development of a mainstream OS that will run anything. When ~40% of the PCs are using a non-Microsoft OS, more developers will be inclined to code for it, or at least standardize things between it and the other major OS. Look at it this way: Firefox is popular, though it doesn't cross the market share of MSIE (6+7+8), yet more people develop addon software for Firefox than they do for IE (why? because it's open-source, faster, and has a growing market-share). A large selection of addons to choose from only serves as incentive to use Firefox over IE. It's similar with Chrome OS. If it hits a critical mass, it will be on a roll. Chrome web-browser however, is just 9 months old and is already proven faster than MSIE and Firefox. It is yet to gain a critical market-foothold but has its performance work as the incentive.
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#8
hat
Maximum Overclocker
If only it had directx support...
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#9
eidairaman1
welcome to the second phase of Cloud, TBH i still prefer software installed on the machines due to always the possibility of servers going down, and bandwidth is not evenly split between users and servers anyway.
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#10
alexp999
Staff
This is nothing new, Google said it was working on an open source OS like this eons ago, they are obviously just starting to kick its development up a notch and remind everyone that there is one coming.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: alexp999
This is nothing new, Google said it was working on an open source OS like this eons ago.
And back then it was referring to Android. This OS was just a rumor that never came up by Google in any of its public communications. Now Google broke the ice.
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#12
eidairaman1
eh, they are fighting an uphill battle like other OSs are. MS screwed themselves with Vista and are trying to make a comeback with 7, TBH 7 runs great on this machine deved in 2002/2003, Eye candy maxed out, Runs smooth, gonna hopefully test its gaming prowess on the weekend.
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#13
Yukikaze
So now they read your mail, analyze your blog posts, in the future they will read your files, and finally they will read your thoughts !

:roll:
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#14
a_ump
by: Yukikaze
So now they read your mail, analyze your blog posts, in the future they will read your files, and finally they will read your thoughts !

:roll:
hahaha, interesting theory. now dout to become true eventually. Shit it probly already happens it's just not publicly announced that its done :laugh:

Doh, i forgot bout them say net-books and whatnot, i was thking desktops still haha. ah well yes i agree definitely then with netbooks as that's all their intended for is light apps, doc writing, and web surfing really. ah sometimes i wish intel sold brains :P
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alexp999
Staff
by: btarunr
And back then it was referring to Android. This OS was just a rumor that never came up by Google in any of its public communications. Now Google broke the ice.
Not android, just there has not been any proper announcements.

Now they are abviously in the last few years of it and want to start making the general public aware its coming.
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#16
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Yes, that is true.
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#17
Weer
By the time this will be out, there will be Dual-core Atoms. This is only useful to tech n00bs and people who need more speed. Late 2010 is simply too late.

But, I trust Google and every thing they do. I look forward to it.
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toyo
by: eidairaman1
welcome to the second phase of Cloud, TBH i still prefer software installed on the machines due to always the possibility of servers going down, and bandwidth is not evenly split between users and servers anyway.
I totally agree here. This is the big scheme of keeping pirates at bay, in the end: all sheeps having to connect to the Cloud to do anything (and pay for it), with some small keyboard, display and net cable. The BIG MAINFRAME will do the thinking for ya, people! No more need for techs, they'll all work for the (Google's, M$'s etc.) Clouds.
I want to be able to download and test before buying. I probably get booed, but I never bought a game (beside 1 year of WoW), only apps. I finish (recent type of) games in a weeekend if I have time, or 5-7 days. I'll never pay 50$ for such a short fun. Within the Cloud, all will be paid, by the hour, you will only rent the products. I'll stop my rant here, because most of you already know the implications of this "web-based" OS
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#20
lemonadesoda
Ideal for netbooks and PDAs. Windows Mobile for PDAs has been sadly slow in development, proprietary to devices, and lacking in feature set. This could be the "linux" freedom for PDAs and Netbooks that dont require the deep functionality of a full windows installation.
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#21
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
They're really going to have to focus on security and compatability. Honestly that's chromes largest issue. It is REALLY vulnerable.
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Weer
by: Binge
They're really going to have to focus on security and compatability. Honestly that's chromes largest issue. It is REALLY vulnerable.
Like it matters. Anyone who installs their OS every 3-6 months doesn't even know the word Virus.

And actually, I've been far more clean ever since I started using Chrome. Good rittens, IE, Firefox.

Don't know one say that Google doesn't have the Midas touch.
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#23
Yukikaze
by: Weer
Like it matters. Anyone who installs their OS every 3-6 months doesn't even know the word Virus.

And actually, I've been far more clean ever since I started using Chrome. Good rittens, IE, Firefox.

Don't know one say that Google doesn't have the Midas touch.
And why, for heaven's sake, would I want to re-install my OS every 3-6 months ? Or in a better question: Why would a non-tech-savvy user be expected to do so ?
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#24
devguy
I think a Google OS would be cool, but I honestly was hoping for an announcement that Google Chrome was released for OS X and Linux. Honestly, a Linux based Google OS, yet it takes them 9+ months (still not out yet) to deliver a single program (with the core already written, mind you) to an existing OS.
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#25
mdm-adph
by: Papahyooie
Old news. gOS (goodOS) was originally touted as "greenOS" and "googleOS". Its been around forever. AFAIK it was designed by google people. Download it. Its pretty good. http://www.thinkgos.com/index.html
The gOS was not designed by Google -- read right at the bottom of the page you linked. :shadedshu

"Cloud and gOS are not affiliated with Google or their partners."

Now, Google does use an OS called "Goobuntu" internally, but it's not available to the public.

by: a_ump
I just assumed that even the basic house hold has children that want to play games on the computer, so if the OEM companies ship with Google OS wouldn't they have to include, "Not compatible with commercial games" or something on the box? I just think that'd be a turn off to most customers.
If you have any younger children as relatives, you should know that most of them get their gaming from consoles today -- I think Google's banking on that.
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