Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Nov 2009 17:01 UTC
Google TechCrunch's Michael Arrington is claiming Google's Chrome OS will debut next week - but his story does have an odd ring to it. He goes on and on about how driver support will be shoddy, but that makes no sense - isn't Chome OS supposed to be built on Linux? The only way I can see initial driver support to be shoddy is when Chrome OS has its own, custom graphical layer, instead of using X. However, were that to be the case, I'm sure Google would at least support some NVIDIA, ATI, and Intel chipsets. In any case, it's a rumour - do with it as you please.
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What it is:
by zenulator on Sat 14th Nov 2009 10:49 UTC
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"Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks."

"Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. 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."

"Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform."

It's not going to be a Windows, OSX or Ubuntu replacement. Chrome OS is designed as internet appliance operating system. Built to run web apps and serve up Googles services with out the overhead of a full desktop operating system. I wouldn't be surprised if if the dalvik vm wasn't built in. I've run android on several pieces of hardware. From cell phones to small arm boards to an x86 desktop and and like java, android apps are pretty much write once run anywhere. Only time will tell not web articles from rumored unnamed sources.

Release early, release often.

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