Introducing the Google Chrome OS

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  1. Daredevil

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    Introducing the Google Chrome OS

    7/07/2009 09:37:00 PM

    It's been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly. We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

    Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

    Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. 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.

    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. 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. 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.

    Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.

    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.

    We have a lot of work to do, and we're definitely going to need a lot of help from the open source community to accomplish this vision. We're excited for what's to come and we hope you are too. Stay tuned for more updates in the fall and have a great summer.
     
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    Another competition for windows operating system. I hope they make worthwhile OS just like they did with other google products.
     
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    BBC NEWS | Technology | Google to launch operating system

    Google to launch operating system

    By Maggie Shiels
    Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley

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    Google is developing an operating system (OS) for personal computers, in a direct challenge to market leader Microsoft and its Windows system.

    Google Chrome OS will be aimed initially at small, low-cost netbooks, but will eventually be used on PCs as well.

    Google said netbooks with Chrome OS could be on sale by the middle of 2010.

    "Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS," the firm said in its official blog.

    The operating system, which will run on an open source licence, was a "natural extension" of its Chrome browser, the firm said.

    The news comes just months before Microsoft launches the latest version of its operating system, called Windows 7.

    'Back to basics'

    "We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you on to the web in a few seconds," said the blog post written by Sundar Pichai, vice-president of product management, and Google's engineering director Linus Upson.

    Both men said that "the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web" and that this OS was "our attempt to rethink what operating systems should be".

    To that end, the search giant said the new OS would go back to basics.

    "We are 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," said Google.

    Google already has an operating system for mobile phones called Android which can also be used to run on netbooks. Google Chrome OS will be aimed not just at laptops but also at desktops for those who spend a lot of time on the web.

    'Truly competitive'

    The announcement could dramatically change the market for operating systems, especially for Microsoft, the biggest player with around 90% share.

    "This announcement is huge," said Rob Enderle, industry watcher and president of the Enderle Group.

    "This is the first time we have had a truly competitive OS on the market in years. This is potentially disruptive and is the first real attempt by anyone to go after Microsoft.

    "Google is coming at this fresh and, because it is based on a set of services that reside on the web, it is the first really post-web operating system, designed from the ground up, and reconceived for a web world," Mr Enderle told the BBC.

    Last year Google launched the Chrome browser, which it said was designed for "people who live on the web - searching for information, checking e-mail, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends".

    Stephen Shankland at CNET said the move had widespread implications.

    "One is that it shows just how serious Google is about making the web into a foundation not just for static pages but for active applications, notably its own such as Google Docs and G-mail.

    "Another, it opens new competition with Microsoft and, potentially, a new reason for anti-trust regulators to pay close attention to Google's moves."

    Some commentators said Google's motivation in all this was pretty clear.

    "One of Google's major goals is to take Microsoft out, to systematically destroy their hold on the market," said Mr Enderle.

    "Google wants to eliminate Microsoft and it's a unique battle. The strategy is good. The big question is, will it work?"

    At the popular blog, TechCrunch, MG Siegler said: "Let's be clear on what this really is. This is Google dropping the mother of all bombs on its rival, Microsoft."

    Microsoft releases Windows 7 later this year to replace Windows Vista and Windows XP, which is eight years old.

    The Redmond-based company claims that 96% of netbooks run Windows to date.

    Out of beta

    In a separate announcement Google also revealed that many of its most popular applications had finally moved out of trial, or beta, phase.

    Gmail, for example, has worn the beta tag for five years.

    "We realise this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of beta software as being not yet ready for prime time," wrote Matthew Glotzbach, the director of product management in the official Google blog.

    The decision to ditch the beta tag was taken because the apps had finally reached the "high bar" mark, he wrote.

    More than 1.75 million companies use Google apps, according to the firm.
     
  5. Pintu

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    Rightly said, DD, I totally agree on this and more over this is coming as an open source operating system like Linux, as well as lightweight.

    Warm Regards
     
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    BBC NEWS | Technology | Hardware makers support Google OS

    Hardware makers support Google OS

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    Google said the Chrome OS will be
    free to download and use


    Google has announced which hardware firms have pledged to build machines that will run its Chrome OS.

    The search giant said it was working with many firms on Chrome OS hardware including Acer, Asus, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and Toshiba.

    The software is designed to work with the web and Google said it was most likely to appear on smaller portable computers known as netbooks.

    The browser-based operating system will be released to the public in 2010.

    Web futures

    In a blog post announcing the hardware partners, Google said that the code for the Chrome OS would be open sourced in late 2009. Google said that the software will be free to download and use.

    The first netbooks that can run the software will be ready in late 2010. Since Asus launched the first netbook the cut-down computers have proved hugely popular.

    Analyst firm Gartner predicts that 80% more netbooks will be sold in 2009 than sold in 2008. However, so far, the small computers only make up 8% of the total PC market.

    The Chrome OS will be designed to work with Intel chips that appear in the vast majority of desktop PCs, laptops and netbooks as well as the Arm chips that power most of the world's mobile phones. Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, who both build devices based around Arm chips, were also unveiled as partners on the Chrome OS project.

    In a blog post announcing some of the hardware partners, Google also said it was working with Adobe on the operating system. This could turn out to be significant because of the wide use of Adobe's Flash software.

    Flash is used to power many multimedia websites but Adobe has been working hard to extend its capabilities via the Air technology and make it more web-centric too. Microsoft is developing its Silverlight technology to do a similar job.
     
  7. Soham

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    I gotta try this. I love google.
     
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    ^^^ True Soham, I am also eagerly awaiting for this OS to be launched.

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    Technology Round-up- The Week That Was-The Sunday ET-Features-The Economic Times

    Technology Round-up
    12 Jul 2009, 0006 hrs IST, ET Bureau

    Google-Microsoft war may lower PC price

    Google Inc’s bid to compete with Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating system may help lower the cost of personal computers
    at a time Check out what’s new in Windows 7 Exploring, Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome Brain behind Google Chrome when prices are already being pinched by inexpensive netbooks. Google said it will offer its just-announced Chrome operating system for free when it is launched in the second half of 2010, a move that could force Microsoft into a price war.

    Sony to enter netbook mkt with vaio

    Sony Corp said on Tuesday it plans to launch a new Vaio laptop that will sell for around 60,000 yen ($629) in Japan in August, making its entry into the fast-growing netbook market. Netbook PCs are smaller and cheaper than traditional notebook computers and optimised for simpler computing tasks such as Web browsing and email. Pioneered by Taiwan’s Asustek in 2007, other global brands such as Acer Inc, Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc have pushed out their own lines since then. The new Sony machine is equipped with Microsoft Corp’s Windows XP operating system and Intel Corp’s Atom processor.

    MphasiS partners with Singularity

    IT services firm MphasiS on Wednesday said it has partnered with UK-based software vendor Singularity for using the latter’s technology for automation of business processes for its clients. Under the agreement, MphasiS will use Singularity’s business process management (BPM) technology to automate processes for clients across sectors like financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, communications, transportation, consumer and retail and energy, MphasiS said in a statement.

    BPM technology eliminates unnecessary steps and reduces manual inputs in a process, increasing the number of activities that can be carried out in parallel. “This alliance in particular reflects our long-term focus on driving new levels of efficiency in knowledge intensive sectors such as banking, energy and health-care,” Singularity CEO Padraig Canavan said.
     
  10. John

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    i don't think the Google OS will be as useful as the OS-7, which is gr8 and can be used for a lot of very very complicated applications. wasn't impressed with Google browser, am sure the OS sucks as well.
     
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    Well, it is targeted for a different workload, the web applications. You won't get the rich suite of desktop applications with the OS. It will be mainly limited to start quickly and run a browser.
     
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    Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft. And It’s Made of Chrome.
     
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    Continued....
     
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    tecosystems What Would the Operating System Look Like if It Were Designed Today? The Chrome OS Q&A
     
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