Google Chrome Operating System

Google Chrome has always been a little more than a browser: it is optimized to run Web applications, each tab runs as a separate process, the interface is minimalist and there's even a task manager. "We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we had to completely rethink the browser. What we need is not just a browser, but also a modern platform for Web pages and applications, and that's what we decided to build, "Google said in September 2008.

Google Blog announces a natural extension of the Chrome project: an OS for netbooks. "Google Chrome is an open source OS, lightweight OS which will initially be designed for netbooks. Later this year we will open-source code, and netbooks running OS Google Chrome will be available to consumers in the second half of 2010. (...) Google Chrome OS runs on x86 and ARM chips and we work with OEMs to provide a multiple number of netbooks on the market next year. The software architecture is simple - Google Chrome running in a windowing system atop a new Linux kernel. "

As people use web applications increasingly, the operating system becomes less important and it makes no sense to pay for it. The desktop email client could be replaced by Gmail, the calendar application could be replaced by Google Calendar, the office suite alternative to light: Google Docs and Zoho, it makes more sense to use a feed reader online such as Google Reader, your scientific calculator is less powerful than Alpha Wolfram, and you'll rarely need a video player when you have YouTube, Hulu and other video sites.

This idea is not new and there are already operating systems optimized for the browser. For example, Good OS announced last year, Cloud, an operating system "integrates a web browser with a compressed Linux kernel operating system for immediate access to the Internet, browser integration, and rich client applications, and full control of the computer inside the browser. If Google manages to create a great user interface, the new operating system could be very fruitful.

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