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Google Chrome OS – The Things You Need to Know

Written on December 20, 2010 by B Waldorf

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"Most of all, we are obsessed with speed. We are taking out every unnecessary process, optimizing many operations and running everything possible in parallel. This means you can go from turning on the computer to surfing the web in a few seconds. Our obsession with speed goes all the way down to the metal. We are specifying reference hardware components to create the fastest experience for Google Chrome OS." ---Google

changed the world. It made things easier, made lives lighter. One click on the search engine and everything you need is right in front of you. Call it spoon feeding but who wouldn’t want an easier access to things? From a search engine, to a browser and now an . Coming very soon is ’s latest project, the . Speaking of the , what’s the drama behind this new thing? Will it make computers and laptops faster? Will it give people different web experience? Let AllWeLike help you with the questions that bug your brain about .

So, what is Chrome OS?

Chrome OS is Google’s venture on the operating system platform. It’s a forthcoming operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications and based on the open source project.

Chrome OS, unlike others, will not be available as a download to run and install, although Chromium OS can be compiled from source by anyone. Chrome OS will only ship on specific hardware from Google’s manufacturing partners. The user interface takes a minimalist approach, resembling that of the Chrome web browser. Because OS is aimed at users who spend most of their computer time on the Internet, the only application on the device will be a browser media player.

Google described their effort for Chrome OS as a ‘speedy OS beyond measure.’

“Most of all, we are obsessed with speed. We are taking out every unnecessary process, optimizing many operations and running everything possible in parallel. This means you can go from turning on the computer to surfing the web in a few seconds. Our obsession with speed goes all the way down to the metal. We are specifying reference hardware components to create the fastest experience for .”

User Interface

Google Chrome OS’s user interface design include usage of minimal screen space by combining applications and standard Web pages into a single tab strip, rather than dividing the two. Google Chrome OS will follow the Chrome browser’s practice of leveraging HTML5’s offline modes, background processing, and notifications. Designers propose using search and pinned tabs as a way to quickly locate and access applications

Remote Application Access

Google software engineer Gary Kačmarčík wrote that Chrome OS will access remote applications through a technology unofficially called “Chromoting”, which resembles Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection.The name has since been changed to “remoting,” and is “probably closer to running an application via Terminal Services or by first connecting to a host machine by using RDP or VNC.”

Integrated media player

Google will integrate a media player into both Chrome OS and the Chrome browser, enabling users to play back MP3s, view JPEGs, and handle other multimedia files while offline.

Security

Google software security engineer Will Drewry described Chrome OS as a “hardened” operating system featuring auto-updating and sandbox features that will reduce malware exposure. He said that will be shipped with Trusted Platform Module, and include both a “trusted bootpath” and a physical switch under the battery compartment that actuates a developer mode.

Hardware Compatibility

Companies developing hardware for the operating system include Acer, Adobe, Asus, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Intel,Samsung,and Dell.

Relationship with Android Devices

Google’s introduction of the popular Android and Google Chrome OS has put the company behind two open source, client-based . Google has suggested that the two address different markets, mobile and personal computing. Those elements remained distinct despite the growing convergence of the devices. Co-founder Sergey Brin suggested that the two systems “will likely converge over time”.

Google Chrome OS will be out by mid-2011. When the Chrome browser was released some years ago, it reached success. Until tofay, Chrome continues to compete with browsers like and . The same thing happened to Android which battled with Apple on the mobile and smartphone industry. Surely, Google’s ventures are quite big and successful. With the coming of Chrome OS, it looks that Google is up for another promising results.

What do you think of the Chrome OS? Hit the comment button and let us know your opinion. Meanwhile here’s a short demo of what Chrome OS can do:


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