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Google Publishes Chrome OS FAQ

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Updated: Google Publishes Chrome OS FAQ

Google is back spreading a few more details about its white hot new open source Chrome OS netbook, laptop and desktop platform.

In a short entry on its official Chrome blog the company has outlined answers to the most frequently asked questions it has received in the last 24 hours. It promises to expand this list as popular questions come in.

Is Google Chrome OS free?

Yes - Google Chrome OS is an open source project and will be available to use at no cost.

What companies are Google working with to support Google Chrome OS?

The Google Chrome OS team is currently working with a number of technology companies to design and build devices that deliver an extraordinary end user experience. Among others, these companies include: Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments.

I'm a developer - how can I work with you?

Thanks for your interest. Later this year, the Google Chrome OS code will be open source. We're looking forward to working with the open source community and making our own small contributions to the great work being done out there. Please stay tuned."

Interestingly, Google is also recruiting for the project on a global scale. Requested interested software engineers visit its jobs pages for the following offices: in the US there's Mountain View (HQ), San Francisco, Kirkland, Santa Monica, Reston, Montreal, Aarhus in Denmark, London in Blighty, St. Petersburg in Russia and Tokyo in Japan.

Furthermore, it looks like some of the industry's biggest manufacturers are ready to back Chrome OS from the very start. Yep, Google clearly means business Microsoft...

Update: Allegedly these are the first screen shots of Chrome OS as captured by an employee of a components manufacturer invited to see the platform by Acer. Put your scepticism hats on for these.

Update 2: They're fake. Ho+hum.

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Hugo

July 9, 2009, 2:28 pm

The real question is: will we be waiting until 2014 before it leaves beta?

Keithe6e

July 9, 2009, 4:35 pm

From the previous article about Chrome OS Gordon pointed out this site ->





http://www.trustedreviews.com/...





It's about Microsoft version of this, and beleive it not it totally crashes my Google Chrome, including all tabs etc.. LOL, how weird eh!!?

BobaFett

July 9, 2009, 6:20 pm

@Hugo, good point but at least Google don't disguise their beta products by calling them "Vista".

justinh

July 9, 2009, 9:18 pm

"And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates."


Google have obviously created the super code that can not be hacked... or marketing bs... take your choice.

Keithe6e

July 9, 2009, 10:08 pm

@justinh: Google have obviously created the super code that can not be hacked...





It could well be marketing hype like you say.





But if an OS is designed from the ground up to prevent viruses etc, there is a lot it can do to help. Eg, if all applications are run inside some form of Sandbox, eg. some form of virtualization. This would be like having a firewall for application & not just network traffic. If all low level OS calls are checked to the n'th degree for buffer overruns etc, this would also help with external attacks.





The biggest problem with all this though, is processing time. Making all OS calls do internal buffer overrun checks & virtualzation can be CPU intensive. But saying that our current alternative to having to use Virus checkers isn't cheap on CPU cycles either.

justinh

July 10, 2009, 4:46 am

@Keith


Its simple the only bullet proof program is one with no inputs. Anybody who claims otherwise is telling porkies. I am not suggesting that vendors can not always do more to make things more secure, but to suggest that Chrome OS will never need security updates and will be absolutley secure is total marketing b.s.

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