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shystershep writes "Rumors have been floating around for years that Google was planning an OS to compete with Window. As of Tuesday night, it is official: "So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010." It is separate from the Android mobile OS, will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and is aimed primarily at web use. Other than that, details are scarce."
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  • I wouldn't be surprised if it had web-based admin to cut out the window management entirely. I wonder if they can get away without an X server and just use the frame buffer. Splashtop appears to use X+blackbox, but if everything is presented through the browser, that's your window manager.

  • Are the /. editors asleep? A new OS, by Google, and still not on the front page? The OS sounds like a nice thing - especially if you can also use it to dual boot. Want to quickly check something on the net - turn on the computer and have the internet ready in seconds rather than waiting a minute for the computer to be booted up completely.
  • Is it just me, or are these two [bigmouthmedia.com] starting to look a lot like these two. [photobucket.com]
  • Still one question though - does it run on Linux? I didn't find any information about the underlying architecture, though I suspect it is some kind of BSD since it has a more liberal license.

    Exciting news anyways.

    • by ShanxT (1280784)
      From the article: "The software architecture is simple -- Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel."
      • by thorin73 (1593673)
        Erm... how is this a new OS? Linux always came with different window managers and browsers. Granted, many OSes (incl. proprietary ones) are based on open source kernels. But they would usually modify the kernel in a major way (or just call it a distribution, i.e., "Google Linux") - but in the press statement I don't read "on top of a highly modified Linux kernel". I hope for their sake that they made some revolutionary, meaningful changes to the kernel; otherwise they will just get ridiculed by their co
        • by Blackhalo (572408)
          "how is this a new OS?"

          Well... Unlike most Linux distros, Google has a little bit o' money, and as such, might be able to afford some litigation in the event Microsoft tries to "cut off the air supply" of any valid OS at the OEM. Plus, this OS seems to be netbook specific, the fastest growing segment, globally, where MSFT does not seem to have a rational, long term product planned at a competitive price. Plus, GOOG might have the resources to support and market an alternate OS to the IT departments t
  • by Titoxd (1116095) on Wednesday July 08, 2009 @05:29AM (#28619293) Homepage
    The demand for chairs suddenly spiked...

    Come on, guys, post this to the main page already!
  • Surprised this isn't on the main page yet! What time do the editors get up :)
  • who was bitching yesterday about a strange release year [slashdot.org], again?

  • Computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them.

    They are trying to fill a niche of an OS that boots fast and is basically just a browser. This OS will have a desktop with some online favourites... and that might be just what you need on a NETbook..!
    Gmail already looks like a standalone app on Windows with Google Chrome and Offline enabled, you get a nice icon on the desktop. And when you click it it loads in a second, instead of the several minutes my Outlook used to take to even be barely useable. The choice is clear, sluggish native apps are becoming

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