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Google OS To Use Linux To Challenge Microsoft's Windows

Google dropped a bombshell by announcing that it will be developing a Chrome Operating System which would first be pitted as an open source, lightweight operating system for Netbooks.

The news was revealed yesterday night on their official blog and comes nine months after the launch of Google Chrome, a browser that is currently used by over 30 million people worldwide, including quite a few on the move through Google Android.

Netbooks running on Google Chrome OS will be available in the second half of 2010 and Google has already been talking with partners, presumably both hardware and software, about the project and their vision.

Interestingly, Google Chrome OS will simply be a windowing system (otherwise known as pretty Graphics User Interface) running on top of a Linux kernel and will be compatible with both x86 and ARM processors.

The source code of the operating system will be available for developers to tinker with later this year. The post, by Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management and Linus Upson, Engineering Director, also specifically say that Chrome OS will be a NEW project, completely separate from Android.

Chrome OS, they say, will be geared towards people "who spend most of their time on the web" and will be found in "power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop". So in essence, this is equivalent to Windows and Windows Mobile.

Their quest for a new operating system, they say, is motivated by the fact that people do not want to waste time on their computers and because current platforms - like Windows - are not as secure as they could be, leaving customers having to "deal with viruses, malware and security updates".

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Our Comments

Google is taking Microsoft heads on and will get the Redmond-based company slightly more worried for now on. Google has all bases covered. It has a browser, a great set of online applications including Google Apps and a forthcoming operating system.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.