Google Chrome OS to launch within a week?

Previously said to launch in the fall, rumors are circulating that Google's Chrome OS will launch within the next week. While Google is mum on the launch of their new OS they have been known to launch projects in beta form ahead of schedule in the past.

It is expected the the first release of Google OS will not run on standard laptop and desktop computers, but will run on set of Google OS endorsed devices such as select netbooks. Google has previously said they are working with Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba on the Chrome OS project.

Only time will tell if this release rumor pans out, but if true the next week should be interesting if Google does in fact launch their operating system and how the technology community reacts to the new OS.

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could this be implemented on say hp's quicklook or hp's quickinfo?
sort of their version of sideshow, just a thought.
anyone any ideas?

Why they have put this OS's name 'Chrome'? Firstly, it is not good and secondly, it is confusing with Chrome browser. I think Google isn't much serious about its own OS.

Mazhar said,
Why they have put this OS's name 'Chrome'? Firstly, it is not good and secondly, it is confusing with Chrome browser. I think Google isn't much serious about its own OS.

This OS (Google Chrome OS for Netbooks) will be completed based on the Google Chrome browser. There will be little else to it.

Stop wasting you time with an OS so basic, concentrate your efforts on Android, its the OS whats rapidly gaining ground, this won't even make a dent.

Because Google has only a group of developers working at the same time for the search engine, android, chrome os, chrome browser, youtube etc., right?

Your failing to see the potential here, the netbook market is booming right now and growing faster then then traditional notebook market. It's a gold mine just waiting to be plundered! A netbook only needs a basic no frills OS to run it, people who buy them don't need or want a fully fledged OS running on it. Not to mention a more simplistic (and easy to use) OS will open up the netbook market to a larger demographic.

guruparan said,
Chrome Browser was built on existing Webkit...so they had the base already exists ;-)

Isn't this based on Linux?

I think some of you are underestimating the amount of resources Google brings to the table for Linux.

It also places them in competition in yet another market against microsoft and apple.

I'll probably give it a try. But I don't like the app selection in Linux or Mac. So I'll probably stick with windows.

Shadrack said,
I think some of you are underestimating the amount of resources Google brings to the table for Linux.

It also places them in competition in yet another market against microsoft and apple.

I'll probably give it a try. But I don't like the app selection in Linux or Mac. So I'll probably stick with windows.


App selection may not matter. The Google Chrome OS may not run normal linux applications. The Google Chrome OS for Netbooks will use browser extensions to check battery life and other essential functions. It will be designed to do (almost) everything online.

Fred Derf said,
App selection may not matter. The Google Chrome OS may not run normal linux applications. The Google Chrome OS for Netbooks will use browser extensions to check battery life and other essential functions. It will be designed to do (almost) everything online.

This.

It seems a lot of people still haven't grasped the basic concept of Google's OS. It's not going to be a general purpose, all singing and dancing OS like we're accustomed to. It will be completely browser-based; tied in to using Google's online apps.

I'm really looking forward to this. It's a paradigm-shift away from what we traditionally think about what PC's and notebooks should do. In this respect, Google are creating their own market, and tailoring an ideal solution for it. It's a bold gamble, and you have to at least give them credit for that.

Still people want access to there documents & spreadsheets to be accessed by netbook, 95% of people wont really fully on cloud computing, maybe they will use it as a backup.. if google chrome OS is a target only for cloud integration, it will gain not more than 2% of share.

Chrome OS is a niche distribution, just as (like it or not) OS X is, at its core, a niche BSD. And it's rather easily provable; consider a straight-up comparison of Leopard/Snow Leopard to PC-BSD 7.1.

Great buzz, but buzz doesn't mean diddly.

PGHammer said,
Chrome OS is a niche distribution, just as (like it or not) OS X is, at its core, a niche BSD. And it's rather easily provable; consider a straight-up comparison of Leopard/Snow Leopard to PC-BSD 7.1.

Great buzz, but buzz doesn't mean diddly.


This "buzz that doesn't mean diddly" has been steadily eroding Microsoft marketshare.

I would guess that Ballmer and company think of it as more than "diddly". I guess that's why you aren't a CEO.

I don't know whether it's going to be great or not, but I'm still curious to see what they have in store for us.

rofl, Google taking on Windows

thats a fail and google knows it

who wants to use a os without Microsoft Office, Windows Live, and Windows itself on a netbook?

Papz said,
rofl, Google taking on Windows

thats a fail and google knows it

who wants to use a os without Microsoft Office, Windows Live, and Windows itself on a netbook?

Do you even know what Windows Live is? you're claiming there is no replacement for Live Essentials? that Office is the only office suite available considering that netbooks are not, never have and never meant to be a replacement for laptops. A netbook is a emailing, note taking, porn watching, internet messaging device.

If you want more than that, get a desktop or a powerful laptop.

Papz said,
rofl, Google taking on Windows

thats a fail and google knows it

who wants to use a os without Microsoft Office, Windows Live, and Windows itself on a netbook?


Who wants? Instead of your presumably rhetorical question, let's look into facts and get an answer.

First, Microsoft's claim to 96% of the netbook market was pure spin (since it was based only on sales from retail stores, and even then, only in the US). World-wide, Linux is estimated at 32% for the year. One third is not a bad number for an OS that no one wants to use. ;)
Secondly, about half of people looking at Windows 7 netbooks are unhappy with the Starter Edition that Microsoft offers - and the fact it would cost them another $80 to get around the limitations of Starter Edition that makes them displeased. So, to be happy with their Windows-based product, half would need to spend another chunk of change.

Yeah... Sounds like a Windows Love Story right there.

Even if it does, the only thing anyone would use it for is maybe a Netbook. Any new operating system can't compete against Windows, especially for gaming.

TC17 said,
Even if it does, the only thing anyone would use it for is maybe a Netbook. Any new operating system can't compete against Windows, especially for gaming.

This article is about the Google Chrome OS for Netbooks.

Okay, I have read through almost all of the comments here and I did not see anything related to pricing...

Think about it... MS charges for their OS on netbooks. If G releases this it only drives down the COST of a netbook and as such should drop the price of a netbook.

The lower the overall price point the higher the potential saturation. G has a vested interest in getting their apps to as many people as possible. Releasing a free OS on a very inexpensive hardware platform that most anyone can afford is in their best interest.

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