Google's Chrome OS Will Be Shown This Week

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Rumors have been swirling for days about the possible delivery of a beta version of Google’s (s ggog) much-discussed Chrome OS this week, as we noted last Friday. I pinged a few people at Google to get some clarity, and while they didn’t provide me with a specific answer as to whether the download will arrive this week, they did send me an invitation to a press event at Google’s Mountain View campus on Thursday morning, billed as “an update on our progress with Google Chrome OS.” In other words, it sounds like we’ll get to try it very soon.

According to the invitation, Google VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai will be speaking along with Matthew Papakipos, engineering director for Google Chrome OS. There will be demos shown and an overview of “launch plans for next year.” Chrome OS, of course, is squarely aimed at the netbook market, but it could head in other directions, too (Gigaom Pro, subscription req’d.).

That last bit about launch plans next year doesn’t rule out a beta arriving soon. When releasing an operating system, getting working drivers for peripheral devices, making deals with hardware makers and many more issues come into play, so if we do see a downloadable version arrive this week, it’s likely to be a very early stab at the final OS. However, Microsoft (s msft) has proved resoundingly that by putting more early versions of its new OS in the hands of beta testers, it can deliver a better finished product. Perhaps Google will go that route as well, and it would be in keeping with their usual “long beta” strategy. We’ll update you with more details on Thursday.

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Chris

If you happen to get any invites for a beta download, I’d love to receive one! :)

Gaetano Marano

this is a check of my 15 months old GoOS prediction [ http://ow.ly/iEi1 ] compared with the real Chrome OS:

* The BEST and DEFINITIVE Personal Computer and Servers Operating System!

YES

* It is (and ALWAYS will be!) 100% FREE for personal and commercial use, no ONE cent to pay!

YES

* TWO TIMES FASTER than Windows XP and Mac OSX and THREE TIMES FASTER than Vista!

YES

* Nearly PERFECT Windows XP and Mac OSX software EMULATION built-in!

NO

* It runs native GoOS software and nearly 99% of ALL Windows XP, Vista and Mac OSX software!

NO

* MINIMAL hardware requirement: 600 MHz processor, 256MB Ram, 1.5GB hard disk space!

YES

* Tablet PC ready, Media PC and Mobile versions available soon!

YES

* Automatic high speed PARALLEL processing with Dual and Quad Core processors!

BEST WITH MULTICORE

* NO longer and complex installation needed, just copy the GoOS on a formatted HDD to self-install it!

YES

* Works fine with FAT32, NTFS, Linux formatted hard disks!

YES

* Protected GoOS kernel, HDD file system and GoOS system files to STOP nearly all kinds of Virus and Spyware!

YES

* Hundreds FREE software with the GoOS download including a (Microsoft Office 100% compatible!) GoOffice Suite!

SOON

* Perfectly runs Google Chrome, GMail and all Google Docs, applications and services!

YES

* NO online and offline advertising, NO virus, NO spyware, NO software or user registration, everything is FREE!

YES

and also the “Task Bar less” Chrome OS looks pretty much like the image on Sony Vaio published on my blog

William Tracy

“i hope they support PC gaming completely…”

Once again, this OS is targeted at *netbooks*. Even if it has full Windows compatibility (doubtful) are you really going to have a frag-fest on your eee?

Bob

Game makers will write for whatever platform they see customers using, so if consumers pick up Chrome heavily, the games will come. But don’t expect binary file games written for one platform to work with another – no system does that completely, though Linux is the best at it (Wine).

Most users have no idea what “support” technically entails, or they would know better than to expect it. You need a compatible binary program, or to compile it from source on the desired system, and the source has to be compatible with that system’s methods/resources. Mac doesn’t support any Windows binary programs at all, period. Windows doesn’t support any Mac binary programs at all, period. Binaries are simply not compatible, and you need a binary for Windows for a program to run on Windows. Surprisingly, Linux can run many Windows binaries, including some games, but these are exceptions due to open-source creativity. It’s just one of the ways Linux out-performs Windows.

Bob

“Release early and release often” is an open source mantra. Has been since at least the early ’90s, and multiple alpha and beta releases are the norm for most Linux distros (anticipated basis of Chrome). So, “Microsoft has proved resoundingly that by putting more early versions of its new OS in the hands of beta testers, it can deliver a better finished product” is an absurdly naive comment. MS adopted this time tested open-source method. You got it backwards. Yet another case of FLOSS leading the way and proprietary groups following.

While hardware drivers are certainly a challenge given the preferential treatment that manufacturers have given to certain OSs, the library of available drivers is quite extensive (since they aren’t building Chrome from scratch), and I’d expect widespread support to be available, though there will be limited deficiencies. Unless the developers intentionally limit access – not likely.

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