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Google Chrome OS coming next week…maybe

November 13, 2009

It’s been four months since Google dropped a bombshell with its announcement that it is getting into the PC operating system game, in a direct challenge to Microsoft and Apple.

Now the world may get the first glimpse of Chrome OS, the PC operating system as envisioned by the folks in Mountain View, California.

According to a report in TechCrunch citing “a reliable source,” a version of the Chrome operating system will be available for public download within a week.

TechCrunch said Google has a legion of engineers working on hardware driver support, and notes that the software may only run on a limited set of PCs at first:

We expect Google will be careful with messaging around the launch, and endorse a small set of devices for installation. EEE PC netbooks, for example, may be one set of devices that Google will say are ready to use Chrome OS. There will likely be others as well, but don’t expect to be able to install it on whatever laptop or desktop machine you have from day one.

Google said in July that it was working with PC manufacturers including Acer, Asus and Hewlett-Packard and promised that the first devices running the Chrome OS would be available in the second half of 2010.

Google also said at the time that the Chrome OS code would be “open sourced” later this year, so next week’s rumored release would be in keeping with the original timeline.

As PC world puts it, however, open source code is not the same as a ready-for-prime-time product.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the average person will be able to download these files and get the OS up and running. Source code is just a collection of text files meant for software developers to tinker with.
As I understand it, to get the source code to work as a computer program, you need a compiler that brings all the source code together and turns it into something your computer can actually boot up.

So, if you’re a developer, you may soon get a taste of Chrome. The rest of the world may have to wait a bit longer.

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“Source code is just a collection of text files meant for software developers to tinker with”

FALSE! source code is not just to tinker with, it is the program, just not compiled. they are not neccisarily only text files either, an example of source files that are not just text files is .mfa files, they are the source files for programs written in multimedia fusion 2.

 

Great news! Please keep us informed about the new Google OS.

Posted by john s. | Report as abusive
 

Just another attempt from the Linux community. Google has come to the game late on its Internet browser Chrome and now its trying its hand at a operating system. Even though most of the world uses Windows from Microsoft and the rest using Apple OS X. After several attempts already from open source community at introducing Linux to the public on netbooks without any good success.
I think Google has another failure on its hands. The real problem is that their is not that many out there who want or need another OS. Especially another version of Linux.

Posted by John S | Report as abusive
 

I like windows7. I also love everything about Google. This is going to take time for Google to penetrate the market. Microsoft needs to watch their managememt more closely. Sinc the Man left they have had to re-make too many things.

 

I’ve been a Windows developer for the past 12 years. The problem with Microsoft’s operating system (OS) is that Microsoft is stuck with a backward compatibility promise. Their mistakes in the windows NT era (COM, Registry, Windows APIs, Security, etc..) are still haunting them now, even in the new rebuffed and deployed Windows 7. Google can start with a new empty white board, they can use new architecture, new technologies and they have the resources to support a serious and committed OS production pipeline (unlike many other Linux branches). The fact that they are offering it for free (which is equal to a $200-$800 saving on a new PC) will play a big role in this let’s call it battle of operating systems (BOOS). lol :)

 

Google chrome is not a version of linux it is its own coding for it to be a version of linux it would need to be based off of the linux kernel. So before you go bad mouthing open source development please go do some research into it!!!

Posted by quis | Report as abusive
 

One thing what not many tech bloggers get is the fact that quite a lot of normal weekend users don’t need Windows or Tiger or Linux or any other classic OS.

What my dad wants is to turn on computer and go online, watch movies, download photos from camera, maybe do IM… OS should be so simple, so easy to use that he should not worry about C drive, /media or anything else. He should not care about antivirus program, backup or firewall.

Moblin is getting close to this model, if Chrome OS is going the same direction, then it’s a winner.

Posted by jimmy | Report as abusive
 

From google’s website about chrome OS “The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel”

Posted by nottrue | Report as abusive
 

We were all waiting for this day and Google is the only company which can do it! For us, Google is Of the People, By the People and For the people!

Posted by Vinod T G | Report as abusive
 

Google would excel if it integrates its OS and Office into one new package Chrome that MS wouldn’t.

Posted by Ivan | Report as abusive
 

Unfortunately I have a lot of software that I need to use that I don’t run off the cloud.
Call me old fashioned, but I actually prefer native apps to web servies for the majority of the things that I use my computer for.
This may seem like blasphemy, but I actually pay for commerical software that I use for hours each day.
Regaring the OEM price of the OS: Last I checked, OEM’s did not pay $200-$800 for a Windows 7 Preinstall. $800 is on par with Apple Profit Margins, not Microsoft Profit Margins.

Posted by David | Report as abusive
 

I downloaded Google Chrome during a trial. I did have some interface problems and had a very difficult time uninstalling it. It corrupted my outlook’s ability to address auto links from emails. I was able to resolve it by downloading and running a patch. I was not impressed by Google Chrome other that it did some things differently, but nothing seemed faster or out of the ordinary. I hope since then its been upgraded.

rudi

Posted by rudi | Report as abusive
 

Google Chrome OS Beta has been out for quite a while now – I’m honestly not sure what the hullabaloo is all about. Is this supposed to be a final user-ready product?

The Beta version is, frankly, not all that impressive. It’s a pretty standard Linux build, with all the advantages and disadvantages that implies. Yes, the Chrome browser and Google Apps are included instead of Firefox and OpenOffice (although OO is part of the package as well), but otherwise? Not all that much different from *ubuntu.

I sincerely hope that Google will produce an end product that is as user-friendly as Windows, will run *86 and 32-bit executables, but so far I’m less than impressed.

Posted by Sean | Report as abusive
 

It’s funny how people argue about something that does not exist. When Chrome OS will be available at least as a beta, one will be able to judge whether it’s a Linux flavor or something else.

The fact that it’s free is most probably an illusion – this is not a volunteer open-source effort, this is a big company that wants to make money. Whether they collect this upfront as a price, or create a new way to do this – make no mistake, you are the ones who will be filling up Google’s coffers.

The idea of an “easy to use net machine” is probably also an illusion – at least so far and at least in the form of a PC as we know it. Of course someone might come up with such a machine. After all a Blu-ray player or a Playstation are also computers, but very specialized and therefore users do not interact with the OS there. Something like this could probably be made for web surfing and gaming. But from my perspective, that would not be a personal computer. This does not mean there is no market for it. But it’s a different market, not the PC market.

Posted by Jenkins | Report as abusive
 

yea! Let’s go on, correcting each other, that makes lots and lots of progress!!!
If Google wants to come up with an alternative OS, so what!? You can still use Windoze, Mac, Linux, or whatever you want! It’s STILL a free country!!

Posted by Sputnik | Report as abusive
 

People are so fed up of the smoke and mirrors hype, problematic rubbish and questionable business practices of MS for years now that they will welcome any OS thats backed by a real company. Good for Google which has a corporate reputation far better than MS and actually delivers a quality product of their creation. And as far as how many people REALLY use MS, they will never publicly release the number of patch downloads from real users to calculate market share, because their OS isnt 95% of the market, its really around 65% and falling.

Posted by Joe A Verage | Report as abusive
 

Forget Chrome, forget Windows 7, forget Ubuntu – the bestseller this Xmas will be XP for sure! The market is awash with discounted XP PCs – slightly, but not much, more expensive than those with Linux.

Personally I reckon that if Google can get their OS to run Windows apps as good as on Windows 7 (and how difficult can that be?) then it is onto a winner and MS can just pack their bags.

Netbooks don’t need Clouds to make them productive – Linux is suffice! I am typing this on an Acer Aspire ONE with both Netbeans IDE and Google Earth responding as good as on any high-spec PC running Windows 7.

Posted by James C | Report as abusive
 

I really, dont see anything wrong with the Open Source Movement…..I am an avid anti-mac user, but Linux has a strong push behind it.

Microsoft better watch its back with Linux and Google coming up close behind it.

Posted by JamesLoyd | Report as abusive
 

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