Google Chrome OS

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Chrome OS
Google Chrome icon and wordmark (2011).svg
Company / developer Google Inc.
Programmed in C, C++
OS family Linux
Working state Preinstalled on specific hardware (Chromebooks, Chromeboxes)
Update method Rolling release
Package manager Portage
Supported platforms x86, ARM
Kernel type Monolithic: Linux kernel[1]
Default user interface Graphical interface based on the Google Chrome browser
License Google Chrome OS Terms of Service[2]
Official website www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/

The Google Chrome OS is a project by Google to develop a light computer operating system. It is devoted to using the World Wide Web.[3] The operating system was announced on July 7, 2009, and it is based on Google's Chrome web browser as it visually similar, and the Linux kernel. When first released, it was targeted at netbooks[4] but has also been present on desktop computers (known as "Chromeboxes") and All-In-One PCs (known as "Chromebases"). It was released to technology journalists in December 2010[5] after being delayed.[6] It runs on systems with either x86 or ARM processors.[7]

Google had stated before release that the Google Chrome OS project will be open source[8] by the end of 2009. Although it is based on the Linux kernel, it will use "a new windowing system" (a way to display applications on a computer screen).[9]

Upon release, some technology journalists were unsure on what it could do that a Microsoft Windows PC with the Google Chrome browser installed could not.[10].


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  1. "Kernel Design: Background, Upgrades". Google. http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/chromiumos-design-docs/chromium-os-kernel. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  2. Google. "Google Chrome OS Terms of Service". http://www.google.com/intl/en/chromebook/termsofservice.html. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  3. Mediati, Nick (2009-07-07). "Google Announces Chrome OS". PC World. Archived from the original on 2010-01-18. http://www.pcworld.com/article/168028/google_announces_chrome_os.html. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  4. Bobbie Johnson (2009-07-08). "Google targets Microsoft with new operating system". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/jul/08/google-chrome-operating-system. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  5. Ahmed, Murad (2009-07-08), Google takes on Microsoft with Chrome operating system, Times Online, http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6665703.ece, retrieved 2009-07-08 Archived 18 January 2010 at WebCite
  6. Ali, United States (December 11, 2010). Google is delaying to ship Chrome OS to mid of 2011
  7. Womack, Brian (2009-07-08). "Google to Challenge Microsoft With Operating System". Bloomberg.com. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aTd2k.YdQZ.Y. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  8. Shiels, Maggie (2009-07-08). "Google to launch operating system". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8139711.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  9. Arrington, Michael (2009-07-08). "Google Chrome: Redefining The Operating System". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/08/google-chrome-redefining-the-operating-system/. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  10. Bradley, Tony (2009-11-20). "Google Chrome: Five Reasons the Google Chrome OS will Flop". PCWorld.com. http://www.pcworld.com/article/182739/Five_Reasons_the_Google_Chrome_OS_will_Flop.html.

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