Chrome OS “feels much more like a television than a computer.” Turn it, it starts right away, and you’re on the Web by default
Google Chrome OS (its new operating system based on Linux and the Chrome browser) first announced in July, will become availble for download within a week.
Confusing: Chromium vs Google Chrome?
Chromium is an open source browser project.
Google Chrome is a browser from Google, based on Chromium project
Chromium is the open source web browser on which Google Chrome is based
Now they don’t drivers, no network, no graphic card..There are rumors that Google is mostly relying on hardware manufacturers to create those drivers, however google had engineers working on building hardware drivers.
http://src.chromium.org/ is where you can download source code for google chrome OS but you need to compile itself coz it’s not binary.
Chrome OS will emphasize speed, simplicity, and security; it’ll store everything in the cloud; it’ll come preinstalled on netbooks. And it’s an open-source product with a Linux heart beating deep inside.
Google chrome OS interface?
In Chrome OS, every application is a Web application. Users don’t have to install applications, manage software, nothing
The interface of Chrome is currently composed of three types of views: windows, tabs, and panels.
While, in Chrome OS, there are two kinds of tabs: page tabs and application tabs. Application tabs are intended to give users quick access to the Web apps they use most, and any page can be made into an application tab with one click. Application tabs remain persistent at the left of the tabs bar, while ordinary page tabs behave just as they do in current browsers.
Chrome OS will support a variety of types of flash media.
What are the specs?
These machines won’t have hard drives. They’ll use solid-state disks, which is one reason why Google is confidence to say that Chrome OS machines will boot in a few seconds. (Solid-state storage is expensive, but if Chrome OS systems store everything in the cloud, they should be able to get away with tiny disks.)
Google says it’s working with hardware companies to determine spec guidelines for Chrome OS PCs–and that it would like to see them have at least somewhat larger screens and comfier keyboards than most current netbooks.
How much does Chrome OS cost?
They’ll clearly be low-cost portables. Since Google, unlike Microsoft, won’t charge for the operating system, perhaps they will be cheaper than similar Windows 7 systems.
Who is going to make Chrome OS netbook?
Google didn’t mention about hardware partners, but in the past. Acer, Asus, HP, and Lenovo are all involved with the project and will presumably offer Chrome OS machines
Is it possible to buy Chrome OS desktop?
Google said that its focus for 2010 is on netbooks. Chrome OS on other types of computers might come later.
Can I install Chrome OS on my own computer?
The answer was “no.”
Can I use a Chrome OS system when I don’t have an Internet connection?
Yes. Maybe. Google says that Chrome OS PCs will be meant principally for use when you’re online, and that local storage is there mostly to cache data until the OS can push it up to the cloud. But there will be at least some capability to store local media such as music, and Google said that it’ll support new HTML5 features designed to enable offline use.
Quite confusing about whether Google’s Gears offline technology will be part of Chrome OS–if so, it’ll be a boon, since Gmail and Google Docs will have some degree of capability when you’re not connected–or whether a Chrome OS laptop would go into doorstop mode when you were on a plane without Wi-Fi.
One thing we do know: Google has no plans to let Chrome OS use traditional client apps, although, as a Linux variant, it could presumably do so.
How secure is Chrome OS?
Apps are sandboxed, so they can’t interfere with each other. The root system is read only. All user data is encrypted. And code is signed: The OS checks itself at boot time, and if anything looks fishy, it downloads chunks of itself on the fly and reinstalls them.
In contrast to the established PC model, in which applications run locally on the drive and user data is generally stored locally as well, Chrome OS will not allow applications to install locally or make changes to the operating system. At the same time, it will automatically sync all user data to the cloud. Meanwhile the operating system will automatically update itself all the time.
User data on every Chrome device will be encrypted, a move that is intended to protect users in the event that their device is lost or stolen. Matt Papakipos, engineering director on the projected, summed up this move by saying, “If I lose my Chrome OS machine, I should be able to go get a new machine, and have everything back up running in seconds” via the automated cloud backups.
Is Chrome OS supporting Flash?
Will Android apps work?
No–they’re client software. Chrome OS doesn’t run client apps.
Will other browsers run on Chrome OS?
Chrome OS doesn’t support local applications, therefore you won’t be able to download and install Firefox. Since Chrome OS is an open-source project, perhaps there are people who will contribute to come out with a solution.
Will there be a Chrome OS app store?
Google said it’s still figuring out the best ways to help users find useful tools they can use on Chrome OS netbooks. But the company did point out that when all your apps are Web apps, you’ve got millions of items to choose from–not the iPhone’s 100,000 programs.
Will printer, scanner, phone, MP3 player, external hard drive, USB TV tuner, work with Chrome OS?
Google made cryptic references to a non-traditional plan it has to let Chrome OS netbooks work, and says it’s working with hardware companies to draw up a list of devices that Chrome OS will support. It seems like it’s a given that a lot of stuff won’t work, especially at first. And we don’t yet know whether Chrome OS will be so wildly popular that Canon, say, will champ at the bit to write drivers for all its gadgets that let Chrome OS users buy and use ‘em.
Who is Chrome OS meant for, exactly?
It’ll target users who
- want an inexpensive second computer;
- find Windows too complicated, slow, unsafe, and/or unreliable;
- rarely go anywhere where they can’t get online;
- are comfortable with a machine they can’t customize the heck out of;
- don’t have any traditional client applications that they absolutely, positively can’t live without.