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Google Chrome OS under development

Google just announced they are indeed developing the long-rumored Chrome OS.

Expected to be web-focused with a minimal user interface, the lightweight open source operating system will appear initially on netbooks running either x86 or ARM processors. Expansion to the desktop and full-powered laptops will most likely follow. According the Official Google Blog, Chrome OS will be available to consumers in the second half of next year.

"Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS," wrote . "We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds."

Not surprisingly, the OS will be based on a Linux kernel and should run all current and future web-based applications.

Google admits that there may be some overlap between its operating system for mobile devices, Android, and the newly introduced Chrome OS. The blog announcement explains, "Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems."

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Google just announced they are indeed developing the long-rumored Chrome OS.Expected to be web-focused with a minimal user interface, the...