With all of the rumors that Google would be releasing their new Chrome OS this week, the world took a disappointed sigh yesterday as word came this was not the case. Since July, it has official that Chrome OS is coming, and tomorrow the it will be demoed and future plans for the operating system will be detailed. For the moment, Google-loving netbook owners will have to bide their time.
Chrome OS will be a new Linux distribution specialized for netbooks which will be available free of charge for anyone who wants to download it. Much like Android, Google’s specialized Linux distro for smartphones, ChromeOS will come pre-bundled with all of Google’s services including Mail, Search, Maps etc. A free, snappy and secure netbook operating system could be exactly what users are looking for and may be a threat to Microsoft’s dominance of the netbook market thus far.
To be honest, I don’t think Chrome OS is going to take a huge bite out of Microsoft because the general public just doesn’t know enough about Linux yet. I think the new OS will be very popular with the technology crowd and hopefully it will join Ubuntu as an operating system that helps bring open source to the masses. Time will tell.
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