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Two separate sources—one inside the company and one outside it—have confirmed to Ars tonight that Google plans to launch an operating system built in some fashion around its new Web browser, Chrome. One source says that the new OS will be launched soon, perhaps as early as tomorrow.

Tentatively called "Google Chrome OS," the project appears targeted at netbooks, the tiny portable computers typically used only for such light tasks as Web browsing and e-mail. Chrome, of course, isn't an operating system, but a quick-booting OS built around a single application like Chrome would be a natural fit for a netbook. With such an OS, Google could obviously make it extra easy for users to access the full range of Google cloud applications through the browser—Google Docs, Gmail, Google Maps, etc.

Beyond the bare outlines, we have little solid information at this point, though the idea of a Google OS isn't some novelty; in fact, it's been aired publicly for years. In early 2006, we reported on Google's denial that it was prepping an OS distribution of its own based on Ubuntu, but the idea had already been rumored at that point for some time. More recently, the (relative) ease of porting Android to netbooks led to plenty of speculation that Google's full computer OS, when it appeared, would be based on Android.

The varied speculation over the years may result from the fact that Google can take several possible paths to build such an operating system. One possibility is that the OS could be a port of the Android mobile platform that has been modified to deliver a more netbook-friendly user interface. This seems highly unlikely, however, as Google has unambiguously stated in the past that it has no plans to adapt Android to netbooks itself. The search giant prefers to leave that as an exercise for third-party adopters.

It's also worth noting that an Android netbook port isn't really consistent with the concept of a "Chrome" operating system. The Android browser has very little in common with Chrome on the desktop (for example, the Android browser uses Apple's SquirrelFish JavaScript engine instead of Chrome's V8).

Another possible approach might be that Google is building a separate lightweight Linux operating system that can be used as a host environment for Chrome. Speculation that Chrome itself could be used as a standalone operating system has been floating around ever since Chrome's launch, but those ideas are based on some fundamental misconceptions about how multiprocess browsing works. The fact that Chrome uses multiple processes does not make it an operating system itself.
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windows always wins out as its the business standard and for gaming.... linux has been successful for business end but looking at chrome, all i going to say what is the friggin point, a new os so what at least say what it is going to bring to the table... still why bother making a new os when it wont compete with windows, what will better make a cloud os, so you go a virtual comp that can be accessed as long as got access to a comp and internet
 

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from what i have heard, it is going to be based of the Linux kernel, so in my view it relay isn't a new os at all, just another distro. But saying that it still sounds good for some people (i mean the ones who only use their comp to browse the Internet.
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what is the friggin point
That is like asking, in the context of your post, why release another flavor of crisps when the majority of the market prefers salt and vinegar (not eating crisps right now, honest *munch munch*) i don't see why they should add some more variety to the os market.

ahh c**p sorry dude reread your post and seen thats not what you meant, obviously i haven't been drinking either.
 

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A few years ago I would have thought "Google OS? Awesome!", but nowadays google doesn't seem as much like a friendly business as much as it does a corporate monster.
 

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youtube is a money-pit
 

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You just don't pull an operating system out of nowhere today, you need a lot of expertise.
Either they do some sort of deal with ms, or yeah, another linux-dist.
MS has built their os in many years, and eventhough linux started as a small one-man project of linus thorvald - it grew because he shared it with people, friends and the community built upon it making it the big beast it is today :)
And if google would go either routes with a new _real_ os, it would have been much more noticed.

So i agree :)
 

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I want it.

If it has a decent media player, it'll be any notebook owner's dream come true.
 

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If it does well on the Netbook, it could do very well on the mainstream laptop and desktops. The thing I like about Chrome is how efficient, fast and snappy it is. Sure, lacks a good amount of features compared to other browsers, but it has the more essential bits.

It will all boil down to how well the netbook markets receive it.
 

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If it does well on the Netbook, it could do very well on the mainstream laptop and desktops. The thing I like about Chrome is how efficient, fast and snappy it is. Sure, lacks a good amount of features compared to other browsers, but it has the more essential bits.

It will all boil down to how well the netbook markets receive it.
Netbooks don't realy need the frill anyway...they can't handle it.
 
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