I’ve been waiting for this to happen for years – but they have now finally announced that Goggle will release “Chrome OS” – an Open Source Operating System. I remember thinking years ago how it would make a lot of sense for Google to do this, yes ok, they have Android the Mobile OS but its not the same. They needed something to Rival windows, and now that they have done it, Micro$oft should be shaking in their boots.
Right on the heels of their newest release, Windows 7, Google are going to release a totally open source browser, Chrome OS. It will be very simple, a Chrome browser sitting on a Linus Kernel – and mainly aimed at netbooks – the fastest growing sector of the PC Hardware market. In their blog post: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html – they say it will be live from next year, and I’m sure a massive developer community will grow from it, thanks to it being open source.
“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. And as we did for the Google Chrome (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.”
Linux distros like ubuntu have been around for a while but my guess is that Chrome OS will gain a large following a lot more quickly than they did – for obvious reasons.
I can’t wait to see how this pans out.