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Friday, November 20, 2009

A Preview of Google Chrome OS

Google has released Chromium OS*, the open source precursor to their Chrome OS (which Google says will be “ready for users” in a year). Google in a blog post explains that the Chrome operating system will be all about web apps, not traditional apps, so the “entire experience” takes place within the browser. Additional focus in Chrome OS will be on speed, as well as security; “Every time you restart your computer the operating system verifies the integrity of its code,” Google promises. They also mention that they “benefited hugely from projects like GNU, the Linux Kernel, Moblin, Ubuntu, WebKit”, some of the layers of Chrome OS.

Below video is giving an overview of the Chrome OS user interface:

Expanding the app menu, linking to web apps such as Gmail, Hotmail or Google Calendar.

Some windows remain always on top.

[Thanks Fabio, Ricardo, Inferno, everyone! Screenshots from Google’s Chromium site via Chathurga.]

*I was not able to reach that site at the moment.


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