It’s coming: Google’s next step to conquer the world. Introducing the upcoming Google Operating System: Google Chrome OS.
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.
Fast, lightweight, and designed for the Web? Sounds like a winner… especially compared with the ridiculously bloated Windows Vista and Windows 7 (which is just repackaged Windows Vista).
Will Google Chrome OS make a difference to the Linux netbook market? I should think so. Google has great brand recognition among ordinary people (it’s now “officially” a verb). Despite the great KDE and Gnome desktop environments, and user-friendly distributions like Ubuntu, SUSE and many others, Linux is still perceived as “for geeks only” by the general public. Google is for everyone.
Me, I think I’ll stick with my iPod Touch.