Friday, November 20, 2009

Getting to know Google Chrome OS

In July, Google announced that he is working on an Open Source Operating System named as Chrome. They named it Chrome OS coz it is for those people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. It is their attempt to re-think what Operating System should be or should do.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be avialble on netbooks. Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.

Key Features of Google Chrome OS:
  • Speed
  • Simplicity
  • Fast and Lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds.
Another Important aspect is - complete redesign 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.

We can call it as one of the MAJOR step towards how next generation of computers will be:
  • First, it's all about the web. All apps are web apps, there are no conventional desktop applications. This means users do not have to deal with installing, managing and updating programs.
  • Second, because all apps live within the browser, there are significant benefits to security. Every time you restart your computer the operating system verifies the integrity of its code. If your system has been compromised, it is designed to fix itself with a reboot.
  • Most of all, we are obsessed with speed. You can go from turning on the computer to surfing the web in a few seconds.

If you are a developer and want to get involved in contributing to Chromium (Chrome) OS, click here

For Testers, finding and reporting bugs for Chromium(Chrome) OS, click here



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