Google Chrome OS Announcement: November 19
Google will be unveiling the Google Chrome OS tomorrow (November 19). Mainly, I'm curious about what would make Google Chrome OS different than existing Linux distros- Karmic Koala ain't bad so far, though I've not had as much to mess around with it as I'd like. Also, how does Google Chrome OS fit in with the overall plan for Google Wave? I'm still underwhelmed by Google Wave, mainly because the invites are so sparse that each participant won't have all that many collaborators with whom to play. It still feels like the rich-text editor for Highlight, to be honest.
Part of Google's presentation on Thursday should include more information about when the OS will be available to consumers. It's possible Google will remain silent, and stick to its "second half of 2010" statement that we got earlier this year. But I'm hoping the company will be able to narrow it down to a particular month or at least a season.
As with any new operating system, there will be interoperability issues with existing hardware. In other words, "I installed a new OS on my machine and now the DVD drive doesn't work".
We expect Google will be careful with messaging around the launch, and endorse a small set of devices for installation. EEE PC netbooks, for example, may be one set of devices that Google will say are ready to use Chrome OS. There will likely be others as well, but don’t expect to be able to install it on whatever laptop or desktop machine you have from day one. Google has previously said they are working with Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba on the project.
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