When Google first announced Chrome OS, a cloud-focused operating system back in July last year. Everyone knew that Google could do exactly this, if it wanted to, but the question was why they would want to. The company also said it was aiming to release Chrome OS by the end of 2010. According to Chrome developer forums the current version of Chrome OS is labelled as a release candidate and a final version looks likely to be released by year-end.
Chrome OS is an open-source project that aims to provide a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web. The user interface takes a minimalist approach, resembling that of the Chrome web browser. Because the only application on the device will be a browser incorporating a media player, Google Chrome OS is aimed at users who spend most of their computer time on the Internet.
Chrome OS is a brand new free operating system built around the revolutionary Google Chrome browser. The project aim is to provide a lightweight Linux distribution for the best web browsing experience. The OS is lightweight and intended primarily for the netbook and tablet PC market.
Featured software in Chrome OS:
* GNOME 2.30 desktop environment Updated!
* Google Chrome 8.0.552 web browser Updated!
* Google Picasa 2.7 photo manager Updated!
* OpenOffice.org 3.2 office suite Updated!
* GIMP 2.6 image editor Updated!
* Flash Player 10.1 plugin Updated!
* Wine Windows emulator 1.2 Updated!
* Pidgin 2.6 instant messenger New!
* and much more!
System requirements of Chrome OS:
* Processor: Intel Pentium, Xeon or newer; AMD Duron, Athlon, Sempron, Opteron or newer
* RAM: min. 256 MB
* Hard disk: min. 1 GB
* Graphics card: supports most modern graphics cards
When Google first launched Android (their mobile operating system) it was also greeted with scepticism, but in the couple of years since its launch Android has been met with unprecedented popularity and Android-based sales are now outperforming Apple’s iPhone in many regions. This is why competitors are no doubt taking Chrome OS very seriously.