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Google Chrome Operating System Annnounced

Google has announced a new project the Google Chrome Operating System. Google Chrome OS will be an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. The open-source code will be made available later this year and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.

Google Chrome OS is a that's a natural extension of Google Chrome and is Google's attempt to re-think what operating systems should be - Google says in its blog.

Google Chrome OS will give importance to Speed, simplicity and security and the OS will be fast and lightweight, to start up and to browse in few seconds. As clear from the post the new OS will be very fast to boot and get into the internet. According to Google an ideal OS must be like this...

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

Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips with Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. The new OS will feauture a full security architecture so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates.

Google Chrome OS which is different from Android, 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.

Source: Google Official Blog
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