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Operating Systems

Submission + - Google anounces Chrome OS 1

MasterOfGoingFaster writes: And so it begins... Google announces a new OS based on their Chrome browser. Aimed at netbooks, Google aims to have the OS boot and have you on the net in "seconds". This will be an open source product, shipping with netbooks in 2010. Can you hear the blood vessels popping in Redmond?

"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. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We'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. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we 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."

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html
Google

Submission + - Google to release Chrome OS

kevingolding2001 writes: Yesterday Google announced on it's blog that it is going to release the "Google Chrome OS".

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.

It will be based on the Linux kernel and will initially target netbooks. The announcement is here.

Am I supposed to finish with a question here? What do you think?

Operating Systems

Submission + - Google announces Chrome OS

Richie Cotton writes: Google announced on it's blog this morning that it is releasing a new operating system named Chrome OS.

"Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems."

The Financial Times has more coverage.
Security

Submission + - Major QuickTime Vulnerability in Latest Version (beskerming.com)

SkiifGeek writes: "Less than a month after news of active OS X fake codec malware, a major vulnerability in the latest version of QuickTime (7.3, only released two weeks ago) has been discovered and has already gone from proof-of-concept exploit code to two readily available exploit samples.

With the ease by which this exploit can be integrated with media streams, it marks a greater threat for end users than a fake codec. At this stage, about the best mitigation recommended is to disable support for RTSP via the File Type / Advanced -> MIME Settings option in QuickTime's Control Panel / PreferencePane. Even though the exploit is only for Windows systems (including Vista — QuickTime apparently doesn't utilise ASLR), OS X users could be at threat from related problems, given historical RTSP vulnerabilities."

Censorship

Submission + - BBC US storm over book on Israel lobby

mi.mao writes: "Is the American Jewish lobby influencing the reviews of this new book. Two US academics, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard, have had some serious critics on their backs, after they published this book. Does it confirm what the book is discussing?"

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