Chrome OS: Behind the curtain

Behind the curtainSome guys from the german open source magazine heise open analyzed components that are used in Chrome OS. We now know which standard applications are running in the background managing the system. I’m giving you an overview in this article. Continue reading “Chrome OS: Behind the curtain”

Chrome OS to be released within a week

Google Chrome LogoAccording to an article on TechCrunch, Google is going to release Chrome OS within a week from now, thereby keeping their promise to give “more updates” in fall 2009. If true, Chrome OS will be available before 20th November, 2009. TechCrunch claims to have this information from “a reliable source”.

I’m expecting an early version with limited compatibility, because when they announced Chrome OS in July they said they’d need a lot of help from the open source community. This help could very likely be needed in driver support. Depending on which kernel Chrome OS will be based on there already are more or less drivers available for the most popular hardware components. But Google resolved to build an OS that runs on any hardware (including ARM-based machines), so there’s probably a lot of work to do on this subject. I hope even the first version will be compatible to major netbooks from companies Google is working together with (Asus EeePC, Acer Aspire One, HP Mini, …) and major virtualization systems (VMware, Sun VirtualBox, …).

DownloadSquad recently discovered a “mount library” in the Chrome browser’s source code. It seems to be monitoring newly-inserted devices like external hard rives or USB sticks. This is something you’d normally expect from an OS, not a browser, and may be a hint to an Explorer-like behaviour of the browser.

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Chrome OS industry partners revealed

Only one day after the official announcement of Google’s new operating system Chrome OS the company discloses its industry partners. In a short FAQ article Google reveals their cooperation with the following companies (among others): Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. I’m sure you aren’t surprised there are many netbook manufacturers among them, as Chrome OS is designed to run on low-performance machines. Continue reading “Chrome OS industry partners revealed”

Google announces Chrome OS

Google Chrome LogoToday, Google announced an operating system called Chrome OS. It is supposed to be available for customers in the second half of 2010. Like the Chrome browser, Chrome OS is designed to be be lightweight, minimalistic, fast, and simple to use. The system is targeted to run on low-preformance machines like netbooks and is based on a linux kernel and the Chrome web browser. Continue reading “Google announces Chrome OS”