All About Google Chrome OS

by on September 12th, 2009


Google Chrome OS is a project by Google Inc. to develop a lightweight computer operating system devoted to using the World Wide Web. Announced on July 7, 2009, it is based on Google’s Chrome web browser and the Linux kernel. It will initially be targeted at netbooks, and is set to be released during the second half of 2010. It will run on systems with either x86 or ARM processors. Google has stated that the Google Chrome OS project will be open source by the end of 2009, and that it will use “a new windowing system”.

Google Chrome OS is the company’s first attempt at designing an operating system for more powerful computers. The Google partnered Android has done well for mobile platforms, and it now wants to take the work it has done there, tie it up with the work it is doing on its still-fresh Chrome browser and make the first ‘OS for the cloud’ – with most of the work being done on the net rather than on the computer. “Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS,” said Google’s statement. “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.”

The Google Chrome OS team is currently working with a number of technology companies to design and build devices that deliver an extraordinary end user experience. Among others, these companies include Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba.

As for security: “…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,” says Google.

Features of Google Chrome OS
  • Speed, simplicity and security
  • Fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds
  • Minimum Users Interface
  • Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips
  • All web-based applications will automatically work
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