Saturday, November 28, 2009

Google Chrome OS, New Operating System from Google

 Are you eager to try out a new operating system?If you are, then I have good news for you. Get ready for a new Operating System made by Google called Chrome OS. Announced on July 7, 2009, Chrome OS is set to have a publicly available stable release during the second half of 2010. The operating system is based on Linux and targets specifically designed hardware. Google Chrome OS is aimed at users who spend most of their computer time on the Internet.

Here are some info about the Chrome OS.
  • Every application in Chrome OS will be a web-based application — there won’t be any local apps installed
  • You can pin shortcuts to apps in the browser
  • Fast boot times (under 7 seconds) will be partially due to the light environment, but also due to the requirement for Solid State Disk storage
  • No mention of smartbooks; Chrome OS looks targeted solely for netbooks
  • Support for X86 and ARM, so there’s still hope for smartbooks running Chrome OS
  • All Google apps you see today will look and behave exactly the same in Chrome OS
  • Android apps will not be compatible — remember, no local apps installed.
  • Google will work with partners on the hardware that runs the operating system
  • Main use case for Chrome OS requires connectivity, such as Wi-Fi. Google is planning for 802.11n support
  • Chrome OS devices aren’t intended to be your primary machine. Google assumes you have a second computer at home or work
  • Google was coy on device pricing but said to expect prices that customers are used to today. I take that to be around $300 to $400
  • Local user data is simply stored in a cache. The book of record for your data will be on Google’s servers
  • You won’t need a Chrome OS machine to use it. Most all of the Chrome OS features will be baked into the Chrome browser.
  • Interesting approach to security: Chrome OS barely trusts itself. Every time you restart your computer the operating system verifies the integrity of its code. If your system has been compromised, it is designed to fix itself with a reboot.”

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