Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS is an operating system developed by Google for web applications. It was designed for netbooks and is aiming at users who mainly use their computer to access the internet via a web browser.

Here is the original definition from Google:  “Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks” .

Building the new OS Google put a strong emphasis on speed, simplicity and security. It is based on the Chromium OS announced by Google on July 7, 2009, which later that year became an open source project.

Unlike the open sourced Chromium, Chrome OS is shipped on specific devices from Google’s partners.

More important features that differentiate from traditional Operating Systems:

  • Nothing is stored on the computer. Everything is on the internet, so you can access your apps & information from any device anywhere.
  • It’s based on Linux kernel.
  • Quick uptime – Chrome OS devices will boot directly into the Chrome Web browser.
  • Will support both Intel’s x86 and ARM processors.

Here is a short video by Google on the new OS: