Google just announced the launched of their new project: Google Chrome OS.
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year they will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.
Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. According to their blog, they’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. They also said they 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.
Will this promise of a fast, light-weight, secure, and user-friendly OS live up to our expectations? Will they be able to dethrone Microsoft’s empire of failed software? There are many open source operating systems out there, yet we still use Windows.
I myself have the experience of installing Ubuntu and not being able to get used to the coding just to install an application, sure it’s come loaded with tons of applications and many can be downloaded pretty much automatically from the system itself, yet I still miss the good old double click to begin an installation.
With so many open-source operating systems out there they’d better start showing something the other guys can’t do, there are many versions of Linux out there, there’s also the allegedly “superior” Mac OS, so IMHO they’d better start thinking outside the box, you can’t really compare a browser with a OS like they did on their blog, that’s like tinting your own car windows and then create a whole new engine for the same car from scratch.
Source: Google blog.