Google Throws Chrome into the OS War

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Google is ready to throw its hat into the Operating System ring, but instead of focusing on its Android OS for mobile devices, the company is going to base its new system on the Chrome Web browser. Chrome OS will target netbooks, and looks to be yet another move by Google to chip away at Microsoft's market dominance.

"Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year," said Sundar Pichai, vice president of Product Management and Linus Upson, Engineering Director, on the company's blog. "The software architecture is simple -- Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel."

Some of the features Google is touting in Chrome OS sound very similar to Apple's pitch for Mac OS X. The OS is designed to run fast, users don't have to worry about remembering to back up their files, and users don't have to "spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware."

They added "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."

Google plans to release Chrome OS later in 2009 with an open source license so developers can start working with the code and making their own changes.

The company is calling the Web Chrome OS's platform, and touting that all Web-based applications are compatible without any changes. By focusing on Web standards and Web-based apps, Chrome could turn out to be a nimble OS that changes easily to fit user's needs -- something that Microsoft might have a hard time competing with.

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Comments

Tiger

Hey, if it works in virtualization, it would be a good thing. I don’t want to just be mono-chromatic though.

ctopher

What no PPC support? smile Actually, I could turn a few PPC machines into nice “web” workstations with a nice light-weight OS that supports today’s web standards.

Too bad they take too much juice. What happened to Google’s attempt at making standardized hardware that would use more efficient power supplies?  Oh well, it won’t help with my old kit.

jdmitch

I could turn a few PPC machines into nice ?web? workstations with a nice light-weight OS that supports today?s web standards.

Yeah, slapping this into older computers / notebooks would be nutso-cool.

Other than printing, I can’t think off any basic / casual computing things that shouldn’t be done all on line. Plus with gears / html5 / whatever a lot of things can still be done if inet goes down.

liquid

Wow. Looks like the CIA funded Google is at it again. This time it wants to take over Operating Systems.

http://911review.org/Media/Google_search_privacy.html

They are also a corporate member of a Globalist Group called the Council on Foreign Relations which is aiming for a One World Goverment and something they call the New World Order.

Look it up. This is factual.

brett_x

Right, liquid. Put on your tin hat immediately!!

Wolf

I do not understand something. If the CEO of Google is on the Board od Directors of Apple and Google is on a path of competing side by side with Apple in markets like Mobile Phones and Mobile Phone OS and now Laptop OS, why does not Apple launches Spotlight as a Wider Search Engine thus attacking Google Market. And after that the Ads Market.

fo

I’d imagine this OS is designed for smart phones and not just netbooks. In other words, Apple should be concerned and app developers be aware… this could be strong (and low-priced) competition.

iJack

They are also a corporate member of a Globalist Group called the Council on Foreign Relations which is aiming for a One World Goverment [sic] and something they call the New World Order.

Oh dear.  Where do they come form?

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