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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

Isn't this based on Linux?

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.

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.

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?

If I had a netbook id definitely try it.....

But being as I see no real/massive need for one I doubt I'll bother :P

I think it will be fairly successful. Sony might replace Splashtop (basically a linux distro that is only a browser) with Chrome OS. I don't think the Chrome OS will take a big junk out of the laptop and desktop marketshare though, possibly a few percent out of then netbook market.

I don't think anyone would mind even if Google OS takes 100% of the netbooks market. Actually i see a very promising future for netbooks with this new OS. It would bring uniform OS platform for all netbooks and that would open a new opportunity for the developers to code new applications and utilities netbooks .

warwagon said,
They will only do great if they design there own UI and do away with gome or kde.

I think we can expect that. Google has no interest in competing with Ubuntu or any other distro out there. This will be a minimalistic browser-based OS where applets run as browser extensions.

I'm excited from a developer's perspective. This is a new market place and opportunity. Every time a new platform emerges, a new opportunity presents itself.

Look at Apple, MacOS X is built on FreeBSD, now its an awesome OS. Look at linux distros: ugly gnome, unstable and stupid KDE is running on a rock solid linux kernel. I think google can create a wonderful OS based on linux or freebsd... Look at ideas of Chrome web browser, imagine Google OS?

Erm, got any statistics for the things about KDE you've posted there? Far from accurate, completely opinionated and absolutely no truth to them. KDE is fine, haven't had problems with it when I've used it and I've got sabayon running on gnome, doesn't look ugly at all, has a much better GUI that windows, and as for that (opinions now) heap of **** ugly slow mac that's unstable, has a time machine backup system that doesn't even last a year...

n_K said,
Erm, got any statistics for the things about KDE you've posted there? Far from accurate, completely opinionated and absolutely no truth to them. KDE is fine, haven't had problems with it when I've used it and I've got sabayon running on gnome, doesn't look ugly at all, has a much better GUI that windows, and as for that (opinions now) heap of **** ugly slow mac that's unstable, has a time machine backup system that doesn't even last a year...

Nice coherent story you got going on there!

Wow...

n_K said,
Erm, got any statistics for the things about KDE you've posted there? Far from accurate, completely opinionated and absolutely no truth to them. KDE is fine, haven't had problems with it when I've used it and I've got sabayon running on gnome, doesn't look ugly at all, has a much better GUI that windows, and as for that (opinions now) heap of **** ugly slow mac that's unstable, has a time machine backup system that doesn't even last a year...

Reading this made me chuckle a bit.

Xero said,
Something tells me built in ads are coming it's way..

I doubt it. Apple patented that (ads built in in OS), and I don't think Google will play along with thm after the iDroid thing.

the google apps that...all have ads on them. Sorry, but netbooks + web/ad based apps == lots of wasted space on a screen that dosn't have space for it.

Gotta say that after the chrome 'anything you post is our property instantly' incident, I won't be interested in it.

Strangely I'm taking a shine to windows 7 eval that I've finally got installed and working.

Yup. Been using 7 for months now since the late beta / RC days and it's been rock solid. SO much better than Vista! It's refreshing to have a machine that boots in seconds as opposed to several minutes that Vista took and it's stable.

Tim Dawg said,
Yup. Been using 7 for months now since the late beta / RC days and it's been rock solid. SO much better than Vista! It's refreshing to have a machine that boots in seconds as opposed to several minutes that Vista took and it's stable.

Sorry, but if your machine took several minutes to boot with Vista, then that's just not normal. Plenty of people use Vista and have very few issues.

And for the record, I use and love Windows 7 as well. And Ubuntu.

artfuldodga said,
gonna say it right now, it will be interesting to see this mess of an OS.

It's based on Linux, so it won't be too much of a mess.

Why do you think it's going to be a mess has anything else Google released been a mess? Google search engine - Dominates, along with all it's sub features
Google Earth, can't think of a similar app
Google Android also works perfectly
I am yet to see anything they have released to be a "mess"

I didnt mean MS is gonna release new OS...I thought next week will be beautiful week for developers with lot of new news about latest tech & trends...If Google releases its Chrome, it means, we will have lot of articles, infos for this holiday season to read about.

(Speaking with PDC, .net 4 & office 2010 is worth following!)

Master1 said,
umm Microsoft is not going to introduce any OS this year, so I dont see why ure so happy

Normally I wouldn't stoop to such low levels of internet arguments but I'm pretty sure your argument has failed by epic proportions, I'm pretty sure no I'll go all in and say you're wrong. Microsoft did introduce an OS this year alreay it's called Windows 7! Did you miss the press release?

Sorry, like I said I don't normally bother with such childish points. This time I really couldn't resist especially, as you have decided to pull up a fellow poster on their post so arrogantly.

I'm really looking forward to this. I know it's just a linux distro... but... it's going to be very interesting to see what Google has done to slimline it, and make it as fast as possible. As well as overall user friendliness, since in the end, speed + ease of use is all most consumers care about.

jase chaos said,
I'm really looking forward to this. I know it's just a linux distro... but... it's going to be very interesting to see what Google has done to slimline it, and make it as fast as possible. As well as overall user friendliness, since in the end, speed + ease of use is all most consumers care about.

Yeah, it's going to be interesting to see what Google does with this.

+2 Just download a slim Linux distro, chuck in a Google logo, make Chrome as the browser and whoa-la! you got Google's Chrome OS. For an office suite, I wonder if Google Docs (etc) will be used online or offline but OpenOffice and MS Office are much better imo

Xenon said,
Yawn. Another Linux Distro.

The rumours have it that the Google Chrome OS will use a Linux kernel to boot a minimalistic and otherwise invisible OS that will immediately launch the Google Chrome browser as its main interface. The applications to track battery life will launch as Google Chrome browser extensions rather than as standard Linux applications. In fact, it may not run other standard Linux applications at all. We are talking about an OS built up and around the Google Chrome browser for the Netbook market segment and not "just another Linux OS". This will not compete with Ubuntu.

brent3000 said,
Its still going to be Linux with the Google powered desktop...

Good try google... But stick to the software and websites

Hi. Pretty sure that is software.

GreenMartian said,
By that logic, OSX is just another BSD distro.

A kernel does not an OS make.

That's true. Mac OSX is a paid for Unix which does not compare to Ubuntu or any other Linux distro. It is quite inferior.

Billus said,

That's true. Mac OSX is a paid for Unix which does not compare to Ubuntu or any other Linux distro. It is quite inferior.


The penguin is strong in this one.

GreenMartian said,
By that logic, OSX is just another BSD distro.

A kernel does not an OS make.

Yep if Google OS is just linux than that makes OSX just another linux distro too

And you might as well say all these linux distro's are just copys too of Unix.

Baked said,

Yep if Google OS is just linux than that makes OSX just another linux distro too

And you might as well say all these linux distro's are just copys too of Unix.


OS X doesn't use a Linux kernel, dude.

Jugalator said,

OS X doesn't use a Linux kernel, dude.

It's based on Unix, which is very similar, don't play on words, you knew what he meant by that.
The point here is, if people complain that this new Google OS is based on Linux, it's just as stupid as complaining that OSX is based on Unix... whi cares if it makes a nice OS.... maybe the desktop environment will be different than KDE and GNOME... that would be nice since I don't really like current Linux desktop environment

Billus said,
That's true. Mac OSX is a paid for Unix which does not compare to Ubuntu or any other Linux distro. It is quite inferior.

Except it's not, is it.

Baked said,

Yep if Google OS is just linux than that makes OSX just another linux distro too

And you might as well say all these linux distro's are just copys too of Unix.

1) Mac OS X isn't Linux.
2) Mac OS X used XNU which is a combination of Mach and BSD.
3) UNIX is a set of specifications, not code.
4) Mac OS X conforms to the UNIX specifications but it hasn't got a single line of UNIX code in it.