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Google: Yes, the Chrome OS Will Be Free

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Google this week announced its Chrome OS. The press coverage was insane but there actually weren’t many details. Yesterday Google came out and addressed one question everyone seemed to be asking.

One of the biggest questions people had is if Chrome OS will be free. Yesterday we asked what the main difference was between Google and Microsoft and a lot of you arrived at the same conclusion: Google services are free. However, we still didn’t know if Google would decide to charge for its newfangled OS, initially aimed at netbooks. The answer is yes, the Chrome OS is open source and will be free.

Vice President of Product Management, Sundar Pichai, who announced the Chrome OS yesterday, also addressed developers interested in working with Google: Pichai says that later this year, the Google Chrome OS code will be open source and to “stay tuned” for more information, which isn't much but at least it's coming, right?

 Unfortunately that was pretty much all the details the company had to offer people eager to find out more about the OS, which is a little disappointing. That said, this isn’t like the Chrome browser, which was announced a few days early because of a leaked comic but was completely finished. We expect to hear more about the Chrome OS as time goes on but at this early stage, it’s probably going to be a while before we get any really good details about the software.

Google did release a list of partners it’s working with (and it is LONG). Read more about it here.

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    hixbot , July 9, 2009 5:29 PM
    If it comes with built-in advertisement, than it's far from free.
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    hixbot , July 9, 2009 5:29 PM
    If it comes with built-in advertisement, than it's far from free.
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    war2k9 , July 9, 2009 5:30 PM
    I can't wait for it to be release. I think this will bring linux to more users.
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    tayb , July 9, 2009 5:39 PM
    Who cares?
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    Thunderfox , July 9, 2009 5:42 PM
    actually wasn’t many details


    Wasn't wasn't the correct term. There weren't many details.
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    Thunderfox , July 9, 2009 5:44 PM
    An edit button would be nice :p 
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    downer88 , July 9, 2009 5:53 PM
    D_Kuhn"I think Linux is an awesome product... but I'd rather see Google get behind an existing Distro than spin yet another.


    Yes, please I would love to see that. Linux has too many options even inside one Distro. It sure would be nice to have universal Linux executables at least for realated Distros, and not have to patch and compile nearly everything. There's already varieties of Linux that have low hardware requirements. DeLi Linux, Damn Small Linux(DSL), VectorLinux, etc.
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    tenor77 , July 9, 2009 5:54 PM
    Free but for the price of your immortal soul.
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    jhansonxi , July 9, 2009 6:17 PM
    vorlessBut can it run Crysis?
    Unfortunately no. It doesn't run Windows malware either.
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    the_one111 , July 9, 2009 6:37 PM
    tenor77Free but for the price of your immortal soul.

    True*



    *And all your private files on your computer.
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    Greg_77 , July 9, 2009 6:42 PM
    I am just curious to how Google plans to make money off of this. Is it going to be advertising based in any way? I wouldn't use it if I had to see advertisements. If that is so, I will just use a distro of linux if I need a free OS.
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    cyberkuberiah , July 9, 2009 6:42 PM
    vorlessBut can it run Crysis?


    :)  i love this humour !
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    IzzyCraft , July 9, 2009 7:10 PM
    "free" nothing is truly without strings attached free when it comes to google...
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    samucaninja , July 9, 2009 7:52 PM
    Google should launch a middleware for open source OSs so we can run windows games on them ... then they should launch an open source OS (or built-in the middleware on Chrome).

    Chrome will die before born, like many others: red hat, suse, fedora, mandrake, ubuntu etc. No game support, no market.
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    Glorian , July 9, 2009 9:55 PM
    So what does MS have to worry about? another free open os? I would actually be on board with it but its gonna be like any other Linux based os, free and gotcha looking all over the place for right drivers and codes to get you crap working. MS is marketed to the average computer user not to the tech savvy, The kinda questions I get now from people who run windows are amazing, I can only imagine what kinda questions they are gonna ask from this google os or even Linux.
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    hemelskonijn , July 9, 2009 10:14 PM
    Greg_77:

    Like the Android operating system they will make money from the adds they already have seen when you use the google to search or the internet or login to your gmail web account.
    By creating a system that integrates the use of your google account and the use of local media in to one big happy shake they make sure those who use google mail and or other google services stay there.

    After i boasted my G1 my brothers wanted one to and even though i set it up to work with their current on-line services they chose to go google because they felt like it was the right thin to do.
    There is a serious flaw in that motivation specially if its the only one but it works.
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    Ciuy , July 9, 2009 10:29 PM
    Google Chrome OS is ...so...cool...........It makes pancakes .
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    echdskech , July 9, 2009 10:51 PM
    I'm a linux user and from the people I got to try linux, the ones who can live without their windows-only programs (mostly YM and iTunes) stuck with linux and those who didn't went back.

    Sadly, if anything, Chrome OS will eat into the existing netbook linux distro (eg. Asus' Xandros spin) market share rather than MS' share. That is unless Google can somehow run these deal-breaker apps on their distro. IMHO, that would be a prerequisite to the big push against Windows the internet seem to be raving about these days.
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    jhansonxi , July 9, 2009 11:27 PM
    kami3kMy computer doesn't run malware either, then again I'm not a idiot.
    Intelligence has nothing to do with it. It's a fact that malware that requires the win32 API will not run on a system that doesn't have it. Linux will not run Windows malware whether you're an idiot or not. Since Wine isn't entirely compatible with win32 most malware won't work with it either (that's assuming the CPU is x86-compatible since Wine is not an emulator).
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    rdawise , July 10, 2009 2:15 AM
    Meh...it's for netbooks so gamers need not apply. However I am curious as too why would Google want to do this. One of the reason Linux isn't selling on many netbooks (besides the obvious) is become most people have only been exposed to Windows. Almost everyone knows or has been exposed to Windows. Even my mother (who knows zero about computers) can navigate through Windows. I don't know, if I were Google, I would skip netbooks all together and somehow focus on bringing gaming to my OS. But then again, if I were Google I'd be rich so there you go...
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    rdawise , July 10, 2009 2:17 AM
    Edit: "to" and "is because". Man I'm terrible at typing...
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