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
Jizzler
Very nice. If nothing else were to come of it, at least Google makes me feel good :)

Reminds me of BeOS back in the day, the 'multi-media' OS. It's no-legacy, highly-threaded, open-eyed approach made it a great OS during it's time. Unfortunately MS was more concerned about crushing opposition than actually listening to their customers and making their product better. Fast forward ten years and you still get that same feeling from MS.
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#2
cyriene
I don't really like how Google and all these other search companies read our searches and target ads to us.
I especially don't like the thought of Google knowing what I am doing on my Google OS all the time either.
If I was going to install an OS besides MS Windows, I'd have to go with a different version of linux. I like ubuntu well enough and am going to try out Fedora later this summer.
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#3
adrianx
so... the google give to open surce... the android...:)

and know ... after same time the google have an ideea :) the "Google OS"

from start the google need an OS ... but a new one :)

also must know about the google native client :)
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#4
Wile E
Power User
Jizzler said:
Very nice. If nothing else were to come of it, at least Google makes me feel good :)

Reminds me of BeOS back in the day, the 'multi-media' OS. It's no-legacy, highly-threaded, open-eyed approach made it a great OS during it's time. Unfortunately MS was more concerned about crushing opposition than actually listening to their customers and making their product better. Fast forward ten years and you still get that same feeling from MS.
Yeah, but Google is likely one of the few entities that has enough pull and financial backing to go head to head with MS.
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#5
Fx
cyriene said:
I don't really like how Google and all these other search companies read our searches and target ads to us.
I especially don't like the thought of Google knowing what I am doing on my Google OS all the time either.
If I was going to install an OS besides MS Windows, I'd have to go with a different version of linux. I like ubuntu well enough and am going to try out Fedora later this summer.
but you dont mind your computer phoning home to Microsoft? just sayin...
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#6
h3llb3nd4
It'll be quite hard for them I think...
it needs to have compatibility with windows programmes...
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#7
pr0n Inspector
yay more "web-based" bullshit!
In Soviet America, the Cloud owns you!
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#8
mdm-adph
pr0n Inspector said:
yay more "web-based" bullshit!
In Soviet America, the Cloud owns you!
What -- you think Microsoft isn't going to copy this idea and make a "Windows 8 Quick Start Edition Plus Ultimate" in the future? :laugh:

Whatever someone else does, Microsoft will copy eventually.
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#9
pr0n Inspector
mdm-adph said:
What -- you think Microsoft isn't going to copy this idea and make a "Windows 8 Quick Start Edition Plus Ultimate" in the future? :laugh:

Whatever someone else does, Microsoft will copy eventually.
So? WTH does MS have to do with my comment?
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#10
Jizzler
He meant to say, prepare for assimilation into The Cloud :)
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#11
Unregistered
I knew about this around the time Chrome was launched. Nothing too exciting, ill be a bit more optimistic if it actually happens.

Oh, and Yukikaze, a fresh OS install every 3-4 months is pretty much essential to keep your system clean and running up to speed. I notice my system starts to get sluggish around the 4 month mark.
#12
mlee49
Its about time Google launched this. I'm glad to see a new competitor to Linux.

Any beta links?
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#13
HellasVagabond
We wont see it in anything but the low of the lowest Netbooks and even that is a big IF.
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#14
AphexDreamer
"In other news Google enters the pharmaceutical competition and aims at delivering low cost over the counter medicine for numerous illnesses." Got that from the future just got back... Google becomes the real Umbrella Company, its a pretty bleak future, but Windows 12 is KICK ASS!
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#15
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
They're an IT company that stayed inside the IT industry. They're not even a quarter as diverse as Microsoft.
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#16
Dippyskoodlez
Weer said:
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.
How is 2010 too late?

Are PC's going to suddenly disappear or something? :eek:

I fail to see how they can be "too late' to bring a product to a market it doesn't have any other products in. It's not like a userbase is going to just up and leave their old product.

There is this really cool thing called "product planning" and when you make a whole OS.... it takes time. They just decided finally that the product is going to get a green light for actual production IMO.
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#17
a_ump
I knew google had money...but i didn't figure they were huge like microsoft i mean its just a website :P haha i guess i undermine it.
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#19
Papahyooie
mdm-adph said:
The gOS was not designed by Google
Ok so i was wrong about that part. However gOS is exactly like what will come out of google. VERY little actual applications installed on the machine, based totally on cloud and web applications. Google's OS will just be a clone of gOS.

And when it came out, gOS was actually called googleOS, but there was confusion, and it got changed to greenOS then goodOS.
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#20
Wile E
Power User
This news doesn't excite me at all. The last thing we need is the move to cloud computing right now, Especially with the crappy infrastructure of places k=like the US, and the ever growing list of ISP's capping bandwidth.
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