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Old 07-08-09, 03:40 AM   #1
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Google is developing an operating system (OS) for personal computers, in a direct challenge to market leader Microsoft and its Windows system.

Google Chrome OS will be aimed initially at netbooks, the low-cost portable computers that have turned the PC world upside down.

Google said netbooks with Chrome OS could be on sale by the middle of 2010.

"Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS," said the company in a blog.

The news could also be a blow to the open source Linux operating system, which had taken an early lead on netbooks, but then lost out to Microsoft's elderly Windows XP.

For Microsoft the news comes just months before it launches the latest version of its operating system, called Windows 7.

'Back to basics'

"We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds," said the blog post written by Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Google's engineering director Linus Upson.

Both men said that "the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web" and that this OS is "our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be".

To that end, the search giant said the new OS would go back to basics.

"We are 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," said Google.

Google already has an operating system for mobile phones called Android which can also be used to run on netbooks. Google Chrome OS will be aimed not just at laptops but also at desktops for those who spend a lot of time on the web.

"Truly competitive"

The announcement could dramatically change the market for operating systems, especially for Microsoft, the biggest player with around 90% share.

"This announcement is huge," said Rob Enderle, industry watcher and president of the Enderle Group.

"This is the first time we have had a truly competitive OS on the market in years. This is potentially disruptive and is the first real attempt by anyone to go after Microsoft.

"Google is coming at this fresh and, because it is based on a set of services that reside on the web, it is the first really post web operating system, designed from the ground up, and reconceived for a web world," Mr Enderle told the BBC.

Last year Google launched the Chrome browser, which it said was designed for "people who live on the web - searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends."

Stephen Shankland at CNET said the move had widespread implications.

"One is that it shows just how serious Google is about making the web into a foundation not just for static pages but for active applications, notably its own such as Google Docs and G-mail.

"Another: it opens new competition with Microsoft and, potentially, a new reason for anti-trust regulators to pay close attention to Google's moves."

Some commentators said Google's motivation in all this was pretty clear.

"One of Google's major goals is to take Microsoft out, to systematically destroy their hold on the market," said Mr Enderle.

"Google wants to eliminate Microsoft and it's a unique battle. The strategy is good. The big question is, will it work?"

At the popular blog, TechCrunch, MG Siegler said "Let's be clear on what this really is. This is Google dropping the mother of all bombs on its rival, Microsoft."

Microsoft releases Windows 7 later this year to replace Windows Vista and Windows XP which is eight years old.

The Redmond based company claims that 96% of netbooks run Windows to date.
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Yeah. I think this is the superior thread. Mouse and Keyboard control, better graphics, low res textures though...
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Old 07-08-09, 07:16 AM   #4
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If this can somehow run windows apps, or if developers can somehow magically adapt quickly, I'm all for it.
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Old 07-08-09, 10:48 AM   #5
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Yeah. I think this is the superior thread. Mouse and Keyboard control, better graphics, low res textures though...
Yeah sorry about that Cringer, I'll try sort some HD piX0lz for ya

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If this can somehow run windows apps, or if developers can somehow magically adapt quickly, I'm all for it.
I see no reason to not want this on the market either. The more the better IMO, it can only be good for the consumer; maybe a bit more competition for MS?
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Who thinks that Chrome OS will be based heavily off Moblin?

Any other speculation? What do you guys think about google finally releasing a desktop OS?
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Old 07-08-09, 12:21 PM   #7
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i kinda hope not. i tried out Moblin and honestly, it felt like a child OS. no customization options... very stripped down...
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Lets be honest. Chrome is a nice light browser, if they bring the same concept across to an OS, then it would be the perfect gamer OS IF they can get the software support. On the other hand, Windows 7 has already proven itself to be a lot lighter than Vista (though not much faster for games much to Vista credit).
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Google Browser = Google Apps = Utter Crap to be honest, and Google OS is going to be a crap as well. It's Linux based and it's
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If this can somehow run windows apps, or if developers can somehow magically adapt quickly, I'm all for it.
Well this is aimed at netbooks for the time being, so I don't really see the need for it (yet).

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Google Browser = Google Apps = Utter Crap to be honest, and Google OS is going to be a crap as well. It's Linux based and it's
So just cause it's linux based it's bad? LOL contrary to popular belief, ignorance isn't bliss my friend.
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About a year ago I predicted this.

Basically, i'm the ****ing man.
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About a year ago I predicted this.

Basically, i'm the ****ing man.
So you're the top .05% of smarts too? God must have give you a thimble for a penis to make up for the smarts and the good looks.
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