An early version of Google Chrome OS will be publicly available next week, according to Arrington. He also says this rumor falls in line with previous plans to release an early version of Chrome OS this fall.
Arrington also believes the early build of Chrome OS will lack support for hardware drivers, which hav
e yet to be built. From the sounds of it, Arrington is talking about driver support for basic hardware components like network and graphics cards as opposed to peripheral equipment like printers and scanners. "A robust set of functioning drivers is extremely important to Chrome OS's success," Arrington said. "People will want to download this to whatever computer they use and have it just work."
Without driver support the OS will be essentially useless. So Arrington's best guess is that Chrome OS will only be ready to work on a small number of computers at launch, such as the Asus Eee PC and possibly some of Google's Chrome OS partners like Acer, Toshiba, and Hewlett-Packard.