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Google to release a real desktop OS

By The 'G-Man.' ·
Google is working on a fully-fledged desktop operating system as it looks to put a dent in the Windows hegemony.

The operating system will be based on Google's Chrome browser, rather than the Android mobile OS, and is being designed to run everything "from small netbooks to full-sized desktop systems" with an expected launch in 2010.

The search giant is claiming the operating system will address many of the frustrations users have with Windows, including the threat from viruses and slow boot times.

"We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear - computers need to get better," Google notes on its blog. "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.

Google has confirmed the Chrome OS will run on both x86 and ARM architecture, taking advantage of an area neglected by Windows 7 - which was briefly rumoured to be getting an ARM version.

And for anybody not already excited by Google's take on the OS, it signs off with a promise to create an "OS that's 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.

"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 will open-source the Chrome OS later this year, the company has promised.

"It's a huge announcement," says Rob Enderle, president of the Enderle analyst Group. "Google's really going after Microsoft. We've got a competitive OS market, possibly for the first time."


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Go Chrome!!!!

by coleboy13 In reply to Google to release a real ...

It think it's a good thing that Google is going forward to put out an OS. It'll gives consumers a bit of variety when it comes to choosing OS's. Besides there are other OS's out there that people use but i do hope Google brings in a whole new user experience to the OS realm.The Microsoft guy won't like this but it sure gives them a heck of competition.I can't wait for the Chrome OS to be released.

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I'm not holding my breath.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Google to release a real ...

There's already a viable open source desktop alternative to the Windows empire. Linux' penetration of the desktop market is less than 5%, and it has the advantage over Chrome of an established base of applications. I'll grant the Chrome OS the advantage of having the Google name recognition. However, I notice the announcement does not mention any partnerships with hardware vendors or major software developers. If it isn't going to come pre-installed from the hardware manufacturer, I don't see how it can avoid joining Linux as a niche OS in the desktop market.

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I agree...

by ---TK--- In reply to I'm not holding my breath ...

"I don't see how it can avoid joining Linux as a niche OS in the desktop market."

One thing to add... I don't use crome, after I read the EULA, I find it to be very scary. So if they pulled that on the browser I wonder what they are going to sneak into the OS? I mean, how easy would that be to watch, track, ect... Although when the OS does come out, Im not going to lie... I am going to try it, but I am going to take precautions.

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Just another Linux distro?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I'm not holding my breath ...

Quoting Adrian Kingsley Hughes at ZDNet:

"...given that this OS is based on the Linux..."

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I think it will be successful

by b4real Contributor In reply to Google to release a real ...

Netbooks are very popular and their concept should be successful, in my opinion.

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Could be good

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to I think it will be succes ...

for web cafe or Uni's and help revive some old PC's perhaps (depending on spec)

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They could do that with existing Linux distros.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Could be good

If they want to do that, they could have already done it.

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If this OS

by tintoman In reply to Google to release a real ...

is anything like the Google Chrome web browser which was meant to be a serious contender against Internet Explorer it will fall flat on it's backside within 3 months.
I do wish people would stick to what they know about and what they do best.

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Then stop with the opinions &

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to If this OS

get back to your Technical/PC Support :-)

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to Then stop with the opinio ...

Yeah, Thomas Edison should have stopped with light bulbs and never messed with that phonograph thingie. Galileo should have stuck with art and not bothered with the telescope.

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