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Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at net books and most of the user experience takes place on the web." That is, it's "Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel" with the web as the platform. It runs on x86 processors (like your standard Core 2 Duo) and ARM processors (like inside every mobile Smartphone). Underneath lays security architecture that's completely redesigned to be virus-resistant and easy to update.
With Chrome OS, Google is taking the operating system to go totally online. As Google's freshly designated preachers are eager to tell you, the browser is already the center of most people's computing experience. The idea here is to make the browser powerful enough to render the rest of the operating system, and its native apps, of not much legal significance.
It's a browser that runs different processes for each tab which will have access to local OS resources, will to some extent work offline. In other words, it's not really a browser in the sense that we use the word, and the web apps that we'll be using won't be like the ones we're used to now, either. The idea is to replicate most, if not all, of the functionality in a native OS, while keeping the lightweight, ultra-secure framework of a thin client
The taskbar or dock buttons are tabs; email client runs within your browser, offline storage just like Mail or Outlook; your documents will open with a few clicks, but they'll be stored remotely (and locally only if you choose).
Browser It is based around preexisting web services like Gmail, Google Docs, and so on. There are no conventional applications, just web applicationsââ‚¬"nothing gets installed, updated, or whatever.
Web Applications: It only integrates web apps into the operating system deeper than we've ever seen before:
- they'll seem more like native apps than web apps
- They'll be able to tap into local resources more than a typical web app in Firefox, for example. They're web apps in name, but they'll have native powers.
HTML 5: This is the next version of HTML, which gives the browser more access to local resources like location info, offline storageââ‚¬"the kinds of things you'd normally associate with native apps.
Chrome OS is Chrome: The user's experience with Chrome OS will basically be synonymous with their experience on Chrome Browser. Technically, Chrome OS is a Linux-based OS, but you won't be installing Linux binaries like you might on Unbent or some other Linux distribution. Any "apps" you have will be used within the browser. Chrome OS is effectively a new version of Chrome, that you can't leave.
Super-light: It starts up in a matter of seconds, and boot straight into the browser. Likewise, the Chrome browser is apparently very, very optimized for Chrome OS, so it is faster than experienced on other types of windows.
Hard Drives: Chrome OS will not work with a standard hard drive, instead only SSD is supported. Google will also use internet-based storage; this will help to save space on your hard drives for more important things, such as videos, photos and music. Hardware support sounds like it'll be pretty slim, because you'll have to buy Chrome OS device. You might be able to hack this thing onto your current machine, but you won't just be able to install it to replace Windows, or opt for it on your next laptop, for example. You'll have to buy hardware that Google approved, either component by component, or in a whole package. Reference designs are being worked upon. For now, it's for net books. It's not intended for desktops, to the point that Google is saying that the first generation of Chrome hardware will be secondary machines.