Google OS which has been through a lot of speculations is finally seeing the light of the day with Google open sourcing the Chrome OS or Chromium OS code.
Today we are open-sourcing the project as Chromium OS. We are doing this early, a year before Google Chrome OS will be ready for users, because we are eager to engage with partners, the open source community and developers. As with the Google Chrome browser, development will be done in the open from this point on. This means the code is free, accessible to anyone and open for contributions. The Chromium OS project includes our current code base, user interface experiments and some initial designs for ongoing development. This is the initial sketch and we will color it in over the course of the next year.
This is not the actual OS that Chrome will be releasing. Chrome OS is slated for launch on netbooks sometime next year, however with open sourcing the code, Google is hoping for more developers and partners to dive into the code and make it better.
Considering that the code is now open source you might as well see some Chrome OS flavors coming out in near future. This is again a big problem considering the number of flavors of Linux available today. Many may call that choices, but it clearly an indication that the community wants to build and promote their own versions rather than having a unified goal.
Chrome OS is basically built around a web browser just like Google Chrome. According to a video by Google, which you can view below, Chrome OS is all about living in the cloud using a web browser. The video also rants about how long it takes for a traditional OS to load, and according to some reports Chrome OS boots in as low as 7 seconds, which is good considering that Windows 7 takes anywhere between 12-15 seconds.
However, it is too early to start comparing Chrome OS with and other OS leave aside Windows 7. Only time will tell how good Chrome OS is and whether its launch will help Google dominate a user’s desktop, at-least on Netbooks.
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