Tired of Windows?

In 2010, you’ll be able to switch to Google Chrome OS – free, presumably, since it’s open source.

The operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

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. We’re designing 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.

One thing bothers me, though. If your OS is web-based, doesn’t that have data security implications? How much more data will Google be able to collect from people?

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5 Responses to “Tired of Windows?”

  1. subrosa Says:

    Here's me thinking someone has invented a replacement for letting light into buildings. As a Mac user you got me with the title. :)

  2. Barking Spider Says:

    I'd be very wary of the purpose they really have in mind.

  3. Fausty Says:

    SR, glad you stopped by, anyway!

    BS, ditto. I'll wait for the reviews after it's been out a year then might try it on my notebook.

    Android is hailed as awesome on a smart phone – takes satnav to a whole new level. i.e., 3D, realtime google smap info overlaid onto images that the phone's camera picks up. My son, a physicist, raves about it.

    Tempting …

  4. banned Says:

    Do you trust G*ogle ? I try to have as little to do with them as possible

  5. Fausty Says:

    banned, I don't trust anyone with too much power.

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