Now that the source code of Chrome OS is in the open, the project has entered the second stage of the development phase.
I suggest to read the Chrome OS announcement article that was posted yesterday, and take a look at the video posted if you have not followed the news about Google's operating system closely.
In short: Chrome OS will be a cloud based operating system. This means that the majority of data - Google even says all data - will be stored in the cloud. The cloud means remote servers on the Internet.
It's the same thing that many web services like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, YouTube or Flickr already do, but on a larger scale.
Chrome OS will be minimalist which has the advantages that it will boot fast. Several security concepts like sandboxing processes or verifying core systems during startup make it harder to attack and less likely to spread.
There is one premise though that users have to understand. Chrome OS is not aiming for the same market that Microsoft is targeting with Windows or Apple is targeting with Mac OS. At least not in the years to come. Why? Because it is too limited. Here are a few examples:
There are however some advantages. This (likely) includes lower hardware requirements to run the operating system (not only cpu or memory but also hard drive space, optical drives), data backups that are taken care of, or a lower battery usage for the system.
Chrome OS will be a very specialized operating system in my opinion, and not the Microsoft Windows killer that many users hope it to become.
Additional information about Chrome OS, including links to source code, information for developers and contributors, and videos that explain what it is and some of its core concepts, are available on the Chromium website. There you also find a list of devices released by companies such as Samsung, Acer, HP or Dell.
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