What's new in Google Chrome OS

It has been around one year since Google launched its Chrome browser . Google now releases the source code of its future operating system on a Linux . Choosing a Web OS 100% reserved for netbooks can stir up many questions.

After several months of waiting, Google has finally lifted the veil on its operating system connected, on Thursday, November 19, in publishing its source code. Very different from OS to which we are accustomed, Chrome OS offers a 100% web approach; in fact an OS browser.

But why to be dependent on any operating systems! Anders Sandholm, project manager of Google Chrome OS, admitted: "With Chrome OS we optimize the user experience when surfing the Web. And the more people spend time on the Web, the more they do research on Google." The equation is simple.

First netbooks expected late 2010

Beyond these economic considerations, Chrome OS is also a new strategic attack against the Microsoft Empire. And not least, since the Mountain View company here in tackles turf history of Microsoft, which still reigns of a master hand in this market.

Impossible in any case not to see a sign: Chrome OS was announced in full Professional Developers Conference (PDC), a day after the first demos of Internet Explorer 9 and just weeks after the launch of Windows 7.

This first public presentation leaves many questions unanswered. We do not know which particular manufacture PCs equipped with this system or how fast the GUI will be definitive or even if they may be connected all the usual peripherals. For this, we must wait until next year and the launch of the first netbooks running with this system which is planned for late 2010.

In the meantime, here's a little overview of the main questions raised on Chrome OS.

Chrome OS: a real operating system?

Presented in the summer and released day before yesterday, Chrome OS is an operating system based on Linux. Specifically, this OS looks like the browser to Google, which takes the same name. In fact, Chrome OS is neither more nor less than Chrome "bootable" decorated with some additional features.

It does not install applications such as a word processor or MP3 player. It made the leap to computer "in the cloud" with Chrome OS, your applications, data are not stored on your computer but on the Web. To function properly, Chrome OS therefore requires an Internet connection, although some functions will be available offline.

On which machine will it work?

It is for netbooks at first, but Google does not refrain from opening it to other devices, including Tablet PC format. Note that Chrome OS can work with x86 (Intel) or ARM. Its advantage: it is very light and running in 10 seconds - 7 seconds for starting and 3 seconds for the logon. It is therefore ideally suited to these very powerful machines. To be even faster, Chrome OS will assume that SSD (disks to flash memory) and not hard drives, much slower.

Is there any link between Chrome OS and Android?

No, there is