Almost nine months after the launch of Google Chrome, Google has now announced to release Google Chrome Operating System. Chrome will be an open-source operating system and is mainly targeted towards netbooks.
As in the browser Chrome, ‘speed, simplicity and security’ will be the key aspects that Google will address. Starting from the basics, the security architecture will be redesigned to prevent malwares and virus attacks.
Chrome OS will work on both x86 and ARM chips. As quoted by Google, Chrome OS will have a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. Thus applications will have to be written using web technologies. It seems that everyrhing in Chrome OS will be running within a browser.
Like their browser, Google aims at keeping the user interface of Chrome OS to the minimal. Maybe this will be the fact that might drive more people to Chrome OS. It seems that it will be difficult to use games in chrome, since applications will be written using web technologies. From the description from Google’s Blog, the OS seems to be targeted at the most basic computer users who just check mails, surf the web and mainly is targeted towards netbooks. Netbooks running on Chrome OS might be available by second half of 2010.
Lets see if Chrome becomes a competition for Linux, Mac or Windows OS or it gets onto your desktop as another option to boot into when necessary. As far as I see the biggest competition to Linux kernel based Chrome OS are Windows 7 (based on Windows NT kernel), Mac OS X (based on XNU kernel) and Ubuntu (based on Linux kernel).
There were some photos of leaked Chrome OS doing rounds on the internet, but all were fake.