Originally announced back in July of this year, Google wanted to target its open source OS initially for netbooks users to provide them fast experience using reduced boot and startup time. Speed, security and simplicity will be the main aspects of Chrome OS.
First, it's all about the web. All apps are web apps. The entire experience takes place within the browser and there are no conventional desktop applications. This means users do not have to deal with installing, managing and updating programs.
Second, because all apps live within the browser, there are significant benefits to security. Unlike traditional ope
rating systems, Chrome OS doesn't trust the applications you run. Each app is contained within a security sandbox making it harder for malware and viruses to infect your computer. Furthermore, Chrome OS barely trusts itself. Every time you restart your computer the operating system verifies the integrity of its code. If your system has been compromised, it is designed to fix itself with a reboot. While no computer can be made completely secure, we're going to make life much harder (and less profitable) for the bad guys. If you dig security, read the Chrome OS Security Overview or watch the video.
Most of all, we are obsessed with speed. We are taking out every unnecessary process, optimizing many operations and running everything possible in parallel. This means you can go from turning on the computer to surfing the web in a few seconds. Our obsession with speed goes all the way down to the metal. We are specifying reference hardware components to create the fastest experience for Google Ch
Key features in Chrome OS includes
It will be available next year only through OEMs channel and on the hardware that meets Google’s specifications.
- Faster than any other OS in the market
- To be available in second half of 2010
- Targeting netbooks PCs due to lightness
- Key aspects – speed, simplicity, security
- Redesigning the security architecture to eliminate the need for users to deal with viruses, malware and security updates
- Will run on x86 and ARM chips
- Web-based applications will automatically work with the OS
- Developers can build apps with web as platform
- More inclined for netbooks used to browse the net more
- Runs on top of a Linux Kernel