Google will have not one but two OS available for Netbooks and PCs by this time next year. Google Android has already been adopted for smartphones and is also being used on a number of Netbooks for introduction this Fall. But now Google has officially announced the Google Chrome OS – which is a new “bird” – being attached to the Chrome browser(sound like Internet Explorer and Windows 95???), configured to be Open Source and simple in the UI, very secure (the OS kernel based on Linux is being modified to put in new security schemes), and geared to boot-up and run very fast. This is the Anti-OS/X-or Windows-7 approach with their huge GUI interfaces, networking and app support logic. Instead, Google Chrome OS is built to support the Chrome browser and Cloud/Net operations. And Google says the OS will be free and Open Source and available in the Fall of 2009 to developers and intrepid users. In 2010, it will be officially released.
Who is In on this OS
The full and official release of the OS with PC/Netbook hardware is slated for second half 2010. The hardware vendors on board are: ACER, Asus, Freescale and HP. Two anomalous vendors on board are TI and Qualcomm – which implies a smartphone version or other goodies. The lone software player is Adobe – so Flash is likely to run here. The Wired Gadget blog has some neat speculation on Chrome OS purpose here.
2)Work with Microsoft and target the ECMAScript Harmony implementation;
3)Work like Mozilla and move towards the ECMAScript 4 strict standard but in small critical chunks.
But even more fascinating will be how the Open Source and Linux community take to these offerings. Which Google OS will they choose to support ? And will the Linux community support either Android or Chrome which takes Linux in a simplifying and Web oriented direction [in contrast to the desktop heavy Ubuntu 8 or Fedora 7 Linux versions]. But will the opportunity to make a Linux breakthrough on the desktop be so attractive that Open Sourcers will flock to Google? One thing is for certain – with the Chrome OS announcement, the next year will not be dull and complacent in the World of OS and Web software development as some of the major trends/debates in development converge around Google Chrome OS.