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What is Google Chrome OS

What is Google Chrome OS

Two video's clips explain the concept behind Google's new OS Chrome...

Many of you will have heard of the forth-coming Google Chrome OS. After having its open source coding released by Google, the Chrome OS is now out there for users to try, test, and possibly work out the kinks. But what is Google Chrome all about? We know it’s not your average Operating System, but what exactly does that mean?


Here’s what Google said about its Chrome OS back in July:

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web.

The original press release didn’t offer a great amount of detail regarding the specifics of the Chrome OS, but now the OS is actually in use, we can begin to see where it’s headed.

Check out these useful videos explaining Google’s Chrome OS.

The Chrome OS open source code was released on the 19th Nov, giving code savvy users a chance to build their version of the Chrome OS. Now just a few days afterward, there are several bootable Chrome builds available for download.

If you can’t build your own version of Chrome OS and you desperately want to try out working copy, there are some prebuilt versions out there, kindly uploaded by dedicated fans. However download with caution! The code is ‘open source’, meaning that anyone can edit malicious code into their own build, then upload it somewhere as a working copy.

If course, downloading from a trusted source is always a good idea, but the only truly safe place to obtain a copy of Google’s Chrome OS, is to head to Google, download the open source code, and get building.

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