At a special Chrome OS event at Google headquarters in Mountain View to open-sourcing the project as Chromium OS at chromium.org/, Google had provided more information about the Chrome OS. The web apps in Chrome OS runs in different tabs, much like a web browser. Among others, two features or characteristics of Chrome OS stands out:
Unlike traditional operating systems, Chrome OS doesn’t trust the applications you run. Each app is contained within a security sandbox making it harder for malware and viruses to infect your computer. Furthermore, Chrome OS barely trusts itself. Every time you restart your computer the operating system verifies the integrity of its code. If your system has been compromised, it is designed to fix itself with a reboot.
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.
Screenshots above showing Chrome OS running various web apps such as Office Web Apps, chess game and built-in image viewer.
As the Chrome OS is the open source operating system, its source code, is now available online at src.chromium.org. For users interested to download and build their own ChromiumOS, there is a Chrome OS build instructions guide.
Although Google has just launched Google Chrome browser nine months ago but today it have more than 30 million users. Now, Google has taken another innovative approach by launching its Google Chrome Operating System. The Google Chrome Operating System is an open source free OS which targeted to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems.
The highlights of the platform are speed, simplicity and security for improving the users experience while on the web. The OS has been designed with basic features, functionality and underlying security architecture of the web.
According to the company, they will work with multiple OEMs such as Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba to unveil a number of netbooks in the market by next year. The innovative OS will run on both x86 and ARM chips. The software architecture is simple which Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. All web-based applications is expected to work automatically and there is no limitation on the web technologies as long as the web-based applications are able to run on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Google reveals that the Chrome OS is an entirely new project which is separate from Android. From the initial stages Android was structured to work across an array of devices like phones, set-top boxes, netbooks and more.
The company is plans to work with open source community soon to accomplish this new project.