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+ - Google plans open source OS release

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gasmanpopey
gasmanpopey writes "http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8139711.stm

BBC news is reporting that Google are planning on releasing an open source OS (which, i'm sure will come as a surprise to nobody). The article is somewhat vague but the wording implies that the OS will be web based. From TFA:

"We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds," said the blog post written by Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Google's engineering director Linus Upson. Both men said that "the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web" and that this OS is "our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be". To that end, the search giant said the new OS would go back to basics. "We are completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates."
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+ - Google annouces plans for OS->

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digmshiphter writes "Google has finally annouced its plan to rule to known universe by creating an OS of its own called Chrome OS based on the Chrome browser. The new browser will focus on making the computer an interface between the web and the user, making speed a priority, and making the browser the main application in the OS. The official press release states, "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.""
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Comment: Re:No one cares about D (Score 1) 404

by overbored (#26955233) Attached to: Walter Bright Ports D To the Mac

But language design dictates how libraries are written and how they are used. The language design decisions directly and deeply influence the flexibility, safety, and ease with which one can interface with a library, compose libraries, and so on.

Besides, we're already living in a world of C/Worse Is Better. D is a welcome exploration into improving the state of *systems programming*.

Comment: Re:Does it really (Score 1) 296

by overbored (#26955057) Attached to: MS Publishes Papers For a Modern, Secure Browser

In fact, many have concluded that the concept of independent kernel process cooperating via message passing, regardless of the tasks that they are attempting to perform, is inherently slower than single process monolithic designs and although object orientation allows greater flexability and abstraction it is always paid for in raw performance.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/groups/os/singularity/

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