Google to launch a new OS "Google Chrome OS"

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Intel is interested in partnering up with Google on this project.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/10/intel_google_chrome_os/

It's official: Intel is working with Google on the development of the Mountain View ad broker's new netbook operating system, Google Chrome OS.

Word of the world's largest processor manufacturer's involvement with the world's largest internet searcher's purportedly virus-free OS first came by way of a comment by an Asia-Pacific Intel spokesman.

And on Friday morning, Intel spokesman Nick Knupffer at the company's Santa Clara, California, headquarters, confirmed that report, telling The Reg that: "We?ve been privy to the project for some time and work with Google on a variety of projects, including elements of this one. We welcome Google?s move here."

Intel is welcoming multiple operating systems onto its processors. In addition to its long-standing relationship with Microsoft's Windows, Intel is also working with the Linux Foundation on the Moblin OS for low-end devices such as MIDs and handhelds, after spinning-off that homegrown effort to the Foundation this April.

Now comes word not only of the Chrome OS partnership with Google, but also rumors coming out of Taiwan that Intel is in talks with Google about support for Google's Android OS on Intel-based MIDs. Intel's Knupffer was not immediately able to comment on that report.

The desktop is already Intel territory, with the majority of Windows boxes and all Mac OS X machines running on the company's processors, but this flurry of Intel activity at the mobile end of the computing landscape should come as no surprise.

Intel's CEO Paul Otellini made it abundantly clear at a recent investors' confab that netbooks, handhelds, consumer electronics, and embedded applications were his company's next targets. "That's what we're aiming at," he said. "This is where we think the growth opportunity is for us."

And then there's Intel's move into the system-on-chip (SoC) space, as evidenced by their IP-sharing and manufacturing partnership with Taiwan's mega-chipper TSMC, plus Intel's plan to take one more step towards SoC-dom with its Pine Trail two-chip Atom platform scheduled for release later this year.

While Moblin and Android are no direct threat to Microsoft's commanding market share in the laptop arena, we'd love to be a fly on the wall in Redmond conference rooms this week, where discussions about Intel's "privy-to-the-project" statements about Google Chrome OS are undoubtedly underway.

Although Windows appears to be winning the war against Linux as the netbook OS of choice, the same battle against a deep-pockets giant with brand equity as powerful as that of Google would be different fight entirely.

And it appears that Intel is perfectly willing to hold both Microsoft and Google's coats during that dust-up. ?

I can see the Chrome OS could be a good netbook OS, if they support it properly with Office softwares and simple media softwares. But it won't be able to challenge MS in mainstream anytime soon.
 

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I hate the fact that they say virus-free. It'll only be virus-free until (or if) it gets popular.
 

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OS's is the only category in which I'm still an avid fan of Microsoft. I don't want Linux because it fails to support anything (Pidgin's shit, admit it) and I don't want OSX because Apple computers are flaming expensive and people who use it have stigmas for being geeky cocks. And now I don't want the Chrome OS because whenever I don't have internet around it's as useful as my semi-brick Sansa e250.
 
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(Pidgin's shit, admit it)

Funny you should mention that, since that's not a Linux IM client (those would be Empathy or Kopete*), and the only other alternative on Windows is Trillian (pretty crap, and doesn't support all protocols unless you fork over some $$$) or having a bunch of separate IM clients all running at once and serving you ads.


*yes, I know they're technically BSD, too
 

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Google's products are becoming too invasive. Anyone who read the User Agreement for the Google Chrome browser would have likely never installed it.
 

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Google's products are becoming too invasive. Anyone who read the User Agreement for the Google Chrome browser would have likely never installed it.

Didn't they fix that issue with Chrome's terms?
 

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IIRC there was a report on Gizmodo saying that HTC hopes to have about half of their product portfolio running Android instead of WinMo.

I personally think Android has big potential in the "entry-level" smartphone market since its free and very customizable. Can't wait to see more low-costs Android handsets; Might buy one of those to muck around with.
 

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IIRC there was a report on Gizmodo saying that HTC hopes to have about half of their product portfolio running Android instead of WinMo.

I personally think Android has big potential in the "entry-level" smartphone market since its free and very customizable. Can't wait to see more low-costs Android handsets; Might buy one of those to muck around with.

Unless android magically fixes the linux lack of real energy-saving platform/system android is going to be as useful as a patio heater in the sahara desert. You can laugh all the way to the bank with your fancy gadgets but your cute weather applet will suck your battery dry faster than an atari lynx.

Speaking of chrome, all that web stuff is fine and dandy if you want to kill time but i'm not seeing as realistic asking your boss to use google docs or openoffice for a magical transitioning presentation with flares and shit or a proper speadsheet with macros and pivot ... Plus if your dsl/cable goes flat the office is sure going to not care if they are back to the smoking '30 and to the paper/phone combo.
 

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Utter nonsense.

  1. If the os will rely on web for basically everything, that would mean it's absolutely undependable for any serious business.
  2. Everything transferred back and forth (and mostly over wifi, I assume) means say goodbye to your private data, say hello to identity theft.
  3. If the servers will be competing against each other as in current search service model, environmentalists would drown Google's offices in manure.
  4. Oh and it will have fat ugly non-collapsible borders around every window and button.
 
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