July 7, 2009
Google had web developers drooling today, with the announcement that they will be launching their own open source operating system by the end of the year. From the official blog post:
“The 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.”
Designed to work hand-in-glove with Google’s own browser Chrome, the OS promises to be quick and light on system resources. Sundar Pichai, Google’s Vice President of Product Management claims that the user interface will be minimal and should *just work*:
“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.”
Hype is already building about the Chrome OS on various social networking sites, with “Google Chrome OS” making #2 on Twitter’s Trending Topics list within minutes of the official blog post.