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Google announces Chrome OS

Google announces Chrome OS

Google's Chrome OS will apparently be ready for use on most netbooks by the second half of next year.

Google has finally unveiled the long-rumoured Chrome operating system just nine months after launching the Chrome web browser, claiming that the new Google OS will be able to compete directly with Windows and will be ready to roll out on most netbooks by the end of next year.

Unveiled on the official Google blog, Chrome OS will be a completely open-source operating system that's being very much crafted as a lightweight OS capable of running on almost any system.

"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," says the Google blog.

"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."

The Google team were also keen to draw a divide between Chrome OS and Android systems, saying that while Android was designed to only run on mobile devices for the most part, Chrome OS should work on any system and is targeted at those who spend most of their time on the internet.

Excited by the idea of a Google operating system, or will you stick with Windows for the games? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Rkiver 8th July 2009, 12:15 Quote
<sarcasm> Oh wow I swear none of us knew this was coming </sarcasm>.

Just surprised it's taken this long to announce it, and yay for Gmail being finally out of beta.
OnyxLilninja 8th July 2009, 12:23 Quote
The key for me, the key thats stopped me leaving Windows so far, 'gaming'.
impar 8th July 2009, 12:25 Quote
Greetings!

No gaming capability, no point installing an OS.
oasked 8th July 2009, 12:30 Quote
Another platform for me to give all my personal details to Google? Brilliant!


:(
Er-El 8th July 2009, 12:30 Quote
Well it is targeted for people who spend most of their time on the browser as was mentioned in the article.
samkiller42 8th July 2009, 12:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

No gaming capability, no point installing an OS.

Chrome OS will be a light weight OS for low powered devices, so you won't be gaming on them anyway, hopefully we may see a beta or even an RC before long.

Sam
naokaji 8th July 2009, 12:34 Quote
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claiming that the new Google OS will be able to compete directly with Windows

How?

It is just another distro in the unix / linux world...

I heavily doubt it will get anything beyond 0.001% marketshare outside of mobilephones, pdas and netbooks.
LeMaltor 8th July 2009, 12:36 Quote
I'm disappointed with no gaming :(
Cptn-Inafinus 8th July 2009, 12:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by naokaji

I heavily doubt it will get anything beyond 0.001% marketshare outside of mobilephones, pdas and netbooks.

I wouldn't be so sure- I imagine google will use some pretty heavy marketing on their site to push it. Plus alot of people will be more happy using a distro by Google rather than anyone else because of the confidence in the technical capabilities of the company that people have.
Trefarm 8th July 2009, 12:56 Quote
...the wholesum goodness of Linux with the mass market appeal of the Google Brand. With the added benefit of forcing MS to make some form of counter to the move of their Nemesis.
Surely it can only help to have another player in the game?
Er-El 8th July 2009, 13:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by LeMaltor
I'm disappointed with no gaming :(
It is going to be another Linux distro so I'm sure it'll have the latest OpenGL if that's what you meant.
I-E-D 8th July 2009, 13:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Rkiver
<sarcasm> Oh wow I swear none of us knew this was coming </sarcasm>.

Hehe, nice one :D

My laptop is shocking. I might give it a try. Dual Booting.
lp1988 8th July 2009, 13:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Trefarm
Surely it can only help to have another player in the game?

just my thought, this is proberly the best news in the OS market for a loong time, for once giving MS a direct competitor wiht both the brand, means and the know how to do so (not to say the cojones)

This may end up very interesting
Paradigm Shifter 8th July 2009, 13:19 Quote
So, it's linux... with another UI.

Ooh... it's not like there aren't low-footprint simple distros out there already. DamnSmallLinux or Puppy Linux anyone?

I am underwhelmed.
amacieli 8th July 2009, 13:47 Quote
This is just another way for Google to keep you on its websites for longer. I don't see it competing with MS any more than the Xandros OS on my eeePC does. And all my personal documents in the cloud? No thanks.
DriftCarl 8th July 2009, 13:49 Quote
This is the thing, all previous linux distros that I have ever tried to use have still bee "linux" looking. Google will create a new distro that users will be familiar with. I think google will do a good job on this, and i will give it a try. If it can run games on it nativly out of the box, whether it be a built in windows emulator or not then that would be great.
DarkLord7854 8th July 2009, 13:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by amacieli
This is just another way for Google to keep you on its websites for longer. I don't see it competing with MS any more than the Xandros OS on my eeePC does. And all my personal documents in the cloud? No thanks.

And pr0n. All your data belongs to Google.
Paradigm Shifter 8th July 2009, 14:05 Quote
"The Cloud" is a serious security risk for those working under NDA... not to mention the difficulties if your 'net connection is flaky (for whatever reason...)
Da_Rude_Baboon 8th July 2009, 14:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
So, it's linux... with another UI.

Isn't Apple OS essentially *nix with a fancy skin?
wuyanxu 8th July 2009, 15:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
And pr0n. All your data belongs to Google.
All your data are be long to Google.

i believe that's how it's meant to be written.

a OS that require constant internet connection just to get personal files? no thanks. internet isn't everything, i remember back in the days when each student had to carry around a floppy drive with their files on it.
DarkLord7854 8th July 2009, 15:07 Quote
My bad :p
SteveU 8th July 2009, 15:09 Quote
I think people are missing the main difference here. That is, an OS with a $multi-billion company behind it!

Correct me if I'm wrong but no Linux developers have anywhere near the clout that Google has.
UncertainGod 8th July 2009, 15:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu

a OS that require constant internet connection just to get personal files? no thanks.

That is without a doubt the most idiotic things I have heard so far. They are not going to make you store your data in the cloud and they would have no reason to want you to.

Chrome OS is a very good thing, at last a company with the money, time & balls to hit Microsoft in there home territory. Google wouldn't be making this move if they didn't already know they were onto a winner. People making assumption's about what it is going to be made out of or what it's going to be capable of are morons since nobody outside of the chocolate factory has any clue and probably won't for some time.
Paradigm Shifter 8th July 2009, 15:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Da_Rude_Baboon
Isn't Apple OS essentially *nix with a fancy skin?

Yes.

Although it's BSD based if I remember correctly, rather than linux.
DarkLord7854 8th July 2009, 15:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by UncertainGod
That is without a doubt the most idiotic things I have heard so far. They are not going to make you store your data in the cloud and they would have no reason to want you to.

Chrome OS is a very good thing, at last a company with the money, time & balls to hit Microsoft in there home territory. Google wouldn't be making this move if they didn't already know they were onto a winner. People making assumption's about what it is going to be made out of or what it's going to be capable of are morons since nobody outside of the chocolate factory has any clue and probably won't for some time.

I don't see how in the world you expect Chrome OS to challenge Windows considering a VERY large portion of Windows-based machines are in the workspace.

Chrome OS is targeted at netbooks, hardly what you'd use for anything more than entertainment and browsing the web, etc.

Granted, we don't even have any details as to how it'll work, what it'll do, what will come with it, etc, so don't put the cart before the horse as the saying goes.
BlackMage23 8th July 2009, 15:45 Quote
Will the EU version have all the different browser included, like firefox and opera?
DarkLord7854 8th July 2009, 15:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Will the EU version have all the different browser included, like firefox and opera?

It'll also give you the choice to make it the Yahoo OS, Lycos OS, or Bling OS because otherwise it'd be anti-competitive if it was only usable with Google services
fodder 8th July 2009, 16:53 Quote
This is a good thing. All the netbooks that have had their price doubled by putting on MS OS and Office kind of defeats the point. (BBC did a report on this recently).

OpenOffice is great and free, but the greater public just don't trust anything that the rest of the sheeps don't use. Google is so synonymous with the desktop of any OS that it is familiar and trusted by said sheep. If google apps is pre-installed ready then a basic office suite (instead of MS crappy works) is available. If OpenOffice could be bundled and endorsed by Google then uptake may be better.

Google gears allows you docs to be synced up between local storage and the cloud, plus allows you to work seemlessly on and offline (anyone with a t-mobile USB modem should try it. Dropping the connection every two minutes is a great test!). This means the argument of 'O noes, my doxumints has been hiddenz from mi ize wiv net lost!' or rather 'no connection=no documents'.

Finally, yes no doubt Google will get data of some sort from your machine. How the hell do you think they make money? But, really, how interested do you think they are in who sits at the machine they have the data from? So what if you like to go to 'over forties milking matrons.com' of an evening, or have schematics for the next big thing to sell at christmas? They are not, ever, going to go and point a finger at you and laugh, or tell your mum.

Also, can you imagine the fallout if they kept tabs on personal info? No, not pretty and I don't think they are that stupid. Enjoy google, revel in the free stuff (Except Google Desktop, that's crap) and use AdBlocker :-)
splashdream 8th July 2009, 16:53 Quote
So, how do you get your feet wet with a new OS in the market without draining your resources or deficating on your reputation? Create a simple OS that has the architecture and foundation to do much more but target a smaller audience so you have a more controllable implementation model and you get "something usable" out in the market to introduce people to the alternative.

I would look for Google to not stop at just this slimline OS but to actually leverage the kernel they use to bring to market a more full featured OS which realistically could happen within a couple years of GA for the Chrome OS mentioned in this article.

Imagine the possibilities...an OS designed from the ground up to be simple, efficient, and fully extensible with a corporation large enough to support its evolution into the second major OS on the market. I mean come on...if you could have a gaming PC running on a non-microsoft OS which comes pre-bundled with all the basics you need to do business tasks as well as having an emulated windows environment which is efficient enough to run games designed for windows.

This could be right around the corner if google plays its hand properly and doesn't rush the Chrome OS to market. With the negative publicity microsoft received from the vista OS IMHO google has made this announcement at the right time. How nice would it be to have Windows 7 go RTM and shortly there after have a google OS released that would shift netbook users, which is a market sector which is growing rapidly, to a non-microsoft OS and start people thinking about features and functionality they want instead of having an OS which contains so much bloat that it is a resource hog on any machine.

Not saying that the Chrome OS will be the best thing since sliced bread but it will be nice to see if Google has what it takes to shake up the microsoft monopolized business and home OS market.
naokaji 8th July 2009, 17:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Da_Rude_Baboon
Isn't Apple OS essentially *nix with a fancy skin?

Yes, but even with 20 or so years of spending millions on marketing it got how much market share? somewhere in the single digit area.

So if apple can't buy the way to success, then why should google be able to?
steveo_mcg 8th July 2009, 17:11 Quote
Simple Google isn't forcing to you buy its overprice standard hardware.
Zurechial 8th July 2009, 18:08 Quote
Is anyone else entirely put off by this cloud-computing fad?
Some of us can scarcely get a decent dsl connection, never mind actually compute entirely online.
Skiddywinks 8th July 2009, 18:14 Quote
I welcome the fact another company is taking a stab at making an OS, but let's be realistic for a minute; even if they do get an emulator or such for gaming, it will never be as good as running it in Windows natively, and that is what will hold Chrome back.
perplekks45 8th July 2009, 18:43 Quote
Okay guys, quick summary to avoid more stupid comments that make me angry:

Chrome OS will basically be Chrome running on a Linux kernel. Every application will have to run in Chrome [WEB application]. Right?
Personal/local data will be stored LOCALLY with the OPTION to sync with the Cloud.

So, to me at least, that means we won't be able to install FF or OO or anything. Well, I quite like Chrome, though I use FF as my main browser because of the infinite possibilities through add-ons. I'll give it a try once they release the Beta/RC/RTM and I might give the retail version a go if a) the earlier versions were good enough and b) it's free [that's pretty much a given, seeing it's open source].

Now please stop whining about how you're not going to be able to access your data w/o the internet because of big-bad-Google, hmkay?

Thanks.
amacieli 8th July 2009, 19:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by perplekks45
Chrome OS will basically be Chrome running on a Linux kernel. Every application will have to run in Chrome [WEB application]. Right?
Personal/local data will be stored LOCALLY with the OPTION to sync with the Cloud.

Yah, sept for the bit about where Chrome is running on its own windowing system, implying that Chrome (the browser) will not necessarily be the only thing that runs on Chrome (the OS). And even if I'm talking bull, the software is open-sourced, so SOMEone will make it run MAME (the only truly useful piece of software for a netbook) or whatever, eventually.

PS - what happens when you get angry? Do you turn green and start throwing tanks at helicopters?
Horizon 8th July 2009, 19:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by samkiller42
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

No gaming capability, no point installing an OS.

Chrome OS will be a light weight OS for low powered devices, so you won't be gaming on them anyway, hopefully we may see a beta or even an RC before long.

Sam

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Quote:
Originally Posted by From Article
"being very much crafted as a lightweight OS capable of running on almost any system.
Quote:
Originally Posted by From Dailytech
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks," the company said in a blog post. "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."

The OS itself is expected to make its debut sometime later this year.

Since Chrome OS will be available under an open source license, programmers can freely edit and modify the OS's code. Furthermore, the OS will be designed for Intel and ARM processors, and could eventually transition away from netbooks to PCs and laptops.

multiple sources say you're wrong
sui_winbolo 8th July 2009, 19:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by naokaji
How?

It is just another distro in the unix / linux world...

I heavily doubt it will get anything beyond 0.001% marketshare outside of mobilephones, pdas and netbooks.

Exactly my thoughts.

I'll be sticking to Windows for my main OS and Xubuntu for my Linux play.

I may give it a try, but I can't really see this becoming big...(2 years later Google has taken over for Microsoft, lolz)
yodasarmpit 8th July 2009, 20:01 Quote
I don't see this having a major impact on MS other than in the netbook sector, however I see it almost killing off every other Linux distro.
The multitude of other distro's will become the reserve of a very, very small user base.

If Google can create an easy to use OS, based on the Linux kernel then I can see it becoming the default for cheap second, or net surfing PC's.

This has the potential to become another OSX, with the ability to be installed on your hardware of choice.
Rocket_Knight64 8th July 2009, 20:04 Quote
TBH I dont see this as anything but another Linux distro with Google bits (and tracking) intergrated. But maybe the big name behind it and mass marketing will give it some traction? Anything to give MS and Apple a run for thier money though. :)
Aracos 8th July 2009, 22:06 Quote
I think it's interesting but I'd never use it, google's idea's for themes and stuff have always made me wanna vomit, but it could be promising, GMail is very lightweight when you compare it to the bloatware that Hotmail is so I use that and the question won't be will they defeat Windows IMO it will be will they beat the big Linux giants that are Gentoo and Ubuntu, etc? Apple's OS only got as big as it has because they sell machines with it on, if it was install only people wouldn't have cared as much and I don't see it coming on retail PC's, it being Linux and all. Maybe on Handheld devices and 5" laptops or some shrimpy weak machine.
proxess 9th July 2009, 00:41 Quote
We all knew it's coming. We just didn't know when. We still don't actually, just sooner than soon.
ImInTheZoneBaby 9th July 2009, 00:56 Quote
WE ARE COMING.
o_o
El Rando 9th July 2009, 01:07 Quote
I'm actually intrigued to see what this is like. DOwn side is, yeah, no gaming but as samkiller42 said its not intended for huge gaming rigs. I love Google Chrome as a browser. Beats everything in my book so I'm looking forward to the OS
BLC 9th July 2009, 14:05 Quote
As far as my home PC goes, nothing will ever usurp Windows. It's too embedded now; all my games run on Windows, all the applications I use and am familiar with all run Windows, all the heavy-duty stuff I do (like image editing, video editing, video encoding/transcoding) all uses Windows software. I *know* there are open source alternatives, but I've tried that in the past - frankly I got sick of "Sorry, your system needs 3 bajillion other libraries before using this", "Sorry, you can't install this library to run this program because you haven't got the right version of some obscure package", "Sorry, you can't have this program in a pre-compiled or pre-packaged format - here, have some source code instead...", etc, etc, ad-infinitum. I'm more familiar with Windows - end of story.

However with my netbook, I'm far more open to trying out alternatives. I use my netbook for very little: web browsing and occasionally watching videos. So far, the best OS I've used on my netbook has been OSX. If google can pull off an OS that does the job just as well (that means: very simple to use, intuitive and uncomplicated) then I'll install it the moment the first RC, beta or even alpha is out.

And just before the Applebashers come out of the woodwork, try the damn thing first: for what I need out of a netbook, OSX runs beautifully.
perplekks45 9th July 2009, 14:51 Quote
Chrome OS is for the netbook market. They never mentioned introducing it as a competitor to XP/Vista/7 or OSX. It's a lightweight OS to run on the low end hardware in netbooks.
BLC 9th July 2009, 14:55 Quote
No, but OSX and Win7 will all run on my netbook right now, so if Google can do it as well as, if not better, these then great - means I won't have to pay a fortune in licensing.
samkiller42 9th July 2009, 17:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Horizon
Quote:
Originally Posted by samkiller42
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

No gaming capability, no point installing an OS.

Chrome OS will be a light weight OS for low powered devices, so you won't be gaming on them anyway, hopefully we may see a beta or even an RC before long.

Sam

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Quote:
Originally Posted by From Article
"being very much crafted as a lightweight OS capable of running on almost any system.
Quote:
Originally Posted by From Dailytech
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks," the company said in a blog post. "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."

The OS itself is expected to make its debut sometime later this year.

Since Chrome OS will be available under an open source license, programmers can freely edit and modify the OS's code. Furthermore, the OS will be designed for Intel and ARM processors, and could eventually transition away from netbooks to PCs and laptops.

multiple sources say you're wrong

How was i wrong, i said it was a light weight OS for netbooks, and you took this to help your arguement:
Quote:
Originally Posted by From Article
"being very much crafted as a lightweight OS capable of running on almost any system.

So, it backs up what i said, even the second source say, it's targeted at Netbooks, so, from what i can see, i'm far from wrong.

Sam
ssj12 10th July 2009, 06:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

No gaming capability, no point installing an OS.

Browser games should work plus I expect this isnt really meant for gaming as netbook owners are typically businessmen or students on the go.
impar 10th July 2009, 11:53 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssj12
Browser games should work plus I expect this isnt really meant for gaming as netbook owners are typically businessmen or students on the go.
So, no threat to Windows.
perplekks45 10th July 2009, 12:10 Quote
A threat to Windows in the netbook market. I mean what other games run on netbooks?
Having said that, the LucasArts games might work. ;)
steveo_mcg 10th July 2009, 13:00 Quote
Scumm VM would work on a netbook so you can already run old monkey islands etc
an4rew 10th July 2009, 15:30 Quote
Google are going to fail with this one... reality check for them!
The_Beast 12th July 2009, 00:34 Quote
I'll stick with Win XP on a netbook
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