Google OS Finally a Reality

Paul Lilly

The big news out of the Google camp last night is that they've been working on a Chrome operating system, which the search giant says will be a natural extension of Google Chrome. Google will initially target netbooks, but reassured its newest project won't be replacing either the Chrome browser or Android.

"Speed, simplicity, and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS," Google wrote in a blog post. "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 the way, and most of the user experience takes place on the Web."

The barebones approach isn't surprising, considering that Google's Chrome browser follows the same philosophy. And as the name might suggest, the two are linked by more than just design goals. Google's essentially tweaking the Chrome code base to run within a new windowing system piggybacking on top of a Linux kernel. It will run on both x86 and ARM chips, and Google has already put the wheels in motion with various OEMs to bring several Chrome-based netbooks to market in the second half of 2010.

While Google Chrome OS is still a year away from shipping, Google said they will have more updates this fall.

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