GOOGLE HAS COME clean on its intent to challenge the Vole head-on and announced it will be launching an open sauce operating system called Chrome OS next year.
The lightweight OS will be aimed at the netbook market, Google says, and will be available to the consumer in the second half of 2010. The company expects that an early version of the open sauce code for Chrome OS will be released later this year.
The idea is that the OS will be fast and minimalist, a “back to basics” system aiming to get users straight onto the interwibble with little fuss while still being completely secure.
It will essentially be the Google Chrome browser running with a new windowing system, on top of a Linux kernel. Web based apps will work automatically, says Google, while some new Chrome OS applications will be multi-platform, running on Windows, Mac and Linux. [Are we sure about that? - Ed.]
ARM and x86 chips will both be supported. Google claims it is in talks with several OEMs to bring the OS to netbooks by next year. µ
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