Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Google Chrome Operating System

Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications. Google announced the operating system on July 7, 2009 and made it an open source project, called Chromium OS.
  • Google is currently looking to revolutionize the way in which we use our computers and change what we know needs to be done to keep them working properly. In a nutshell, they’re basically saying that all you need is the Internet and some type of equipment to connect to what the company has dubbed The Cloud.
  • The Cloud is a massive bundle of online information which gives you all you need to use your computer. And to connect to it, Google have developed Chrome OS and the subsequent Chromebook, the netbook you will never have to service.Unlike Chromium OS, which can be compiled from the downloaded source code, Chrome OS only ships on specific hardware from Google's manufacturing partners.The user interface takes a minimalist approach, resembling that of the Chrome web browser. Since Google Chrome OS is aimed at users who spend most of their computer time on the Internet, the only application on the device is a browser incorporating a media player.
  • Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.
  • Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS.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 your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and 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.
Google unveils first Chrome powered laptops that will run on its Chrome operating system.
The machines, made by Acer and Samsung, will go on sale next month.
Unlike conventional computer systems which use installed software like Microsoft Word, Chrome is built around web-based applications such as Google Docs.
Some analysts have questioned whether users will want laptops that rely so heavily on an internet connection.


    However, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, hailed the technology as a "new model of computing".
    Samsung and Acer will be the first manufacturers to offer the devices, for between $349 and $499, in the US and six European countries initially.
    Google's aim is to encourage people to use web-based applications, claiming that that is where most people spend their time and that most tasks can be accomplished online.
    Google developers began coding the operating system in 2009, inspired by the growing popularity and lower power consumption of netbooks and the focus of these small laptops on Internet access. To ascertain marketing requirements for an operating system focused on netbook Web transactions, the company did not do the usual demographic research generally associated with a large software development project. Instead, engineers relied on more informal metrics, including monitoring the usage patterns of some 200 Chrome OS machines used by Google employees.On November 19, 2009, Google released Chrome OS's source code as the Chromium OS project. As with other open source projects, developers are modifying code from Chromium OS and building their own versions, whereas Google Chrome OS code will only be supported by Google and its partners, and will only run on hardware designed for the purpose. Unlike Chromium OS, Chrome OS will be automatically updated to the latest version.

    Chromium PC

    In 2011, Xi3 launched the Chromium PC, a regular (small form-factor) computer with Chrome OS as its primary operating system. Compared to laptops, the Xi3 is more powerful, yet it is a little less portable.

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