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Google to Unveil Chrome OS Tomorrow?

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Itching to know more about Google's Chrome OS? So are we. Luckily enough, the company is set to reveal all about the software tomorrow.

TechCrunch reports that Google is planning a Chrome OS event for this coming Thursday. While the Google operating system won't be launching tomorrow, the company is said to be lifting the lid and providing a lot of details about launch, showing off some demos and discussing the technical background of it all.

Although Google is going to go into great detail about the Chrome OS, the actual launch won't happen until sometime next year. That said, if Google's willing to show demos and go into to great depth about the software, I'd bet the mortgage we won't be waiting until through Q2'10 for this one.

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    GlacierFreeze , November 18, 2009 1:29 PM
    If you expect it to run Windows Apps, then you're an idiot. Windows runs Windows apps. Google is not making their own version of Windows. Of course this will be another flavor of Linux. Not saying that's a bad thing, just pointing out the (not so) obvious. Think people!
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    extremepcs , November 18, 2009 12:51 PM
    Unless it will run main stream Windows apps, it will most likely be another Linux or MacOS. Dare I say it... will it run Crysis? :) 
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    mrddr6 , November 18, 2009 12:43 PM
    From what I've seen from Android this is going to be great. Google could well be the next Microsoft.
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    extremepcs , November 18, 2009 12:51 PM
    Unless it will run main stream Windows apps, it will most likely be another Linux or MacOS. Dare I say it... will it run Crysis? :) 
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    kavic , November 18, 2009 1:05 PM
    I agree with Extreme, unless it works fine (no emulation needed) with windows apps or other programs I don't see this being anything other than another Linux based OS. Now "IF" it does work with all the games and programs on windows now then I just may be a nice alternative to windows.
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    Anonymous , November 18, 2009 1:14 PM
    Has anyone noticed the colors in that cute poke-ballesque thingamabob? Red, blue, green, and yellow; just like the Windows logo. I wonder if that's coincidence. And no mrddr6, Google will not be the next Microsoft unless game and software companies everywhere start programming for Chrome. The majority of consumers will buy the OS which is compatible with the widest range of software apps. That is why Apple and Linux are still niche markets.
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    GlacierFreeze , November 18, 2009 1:29 PM
    If you expect it to run Windows Apps, then you're an idiot. Windows runs Windows apps. Google is not making their own version of Windows. Of course this will be another flavor of Linux. Not saying that's a bad thing, just pointing out the (not so) obvious. Think people!
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    touchdowntexas13 , November 18, 2009 1:31 PM
    quickbeam1213Has anyone noticed the colors in that cute poke-ballesque thingamabob? Red, blue, green, and yellow; just like the Windows logo. I wonder if that's coincidence. And no mrddr6, Google will not be the next Microsoft unless game and software companies everywhere start programming for Chrome. The majority of consumers will buy the OS which is compatible with the widest range of software apps. That is why Apple and Linux are still niche markets.


    Dude those are the colors of the word "Google" :) 

    This OS should be interesting to say the least. Maybe it won't be anything big, but a spark in competition would be nice. Still any successful OS will need to have the compatibility that Windows has.
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    touchdowntexas13 , November 18, 2009 1:34 PM
    GlacierFreezeIf you expect it to run Windows Apps, then you're an idiot. Windows runs Windows apps. Google is not making their own version of Windows. Of course this will be another flavor of Linux. Not saying that's a bad thing, just pointing out the (not so) obvious. Think people!


    I'm pretty sure they weren't "expecting" it to run Windows. They were just pointing out that they don't think the OS will replace Windows or be a real competitor without having large-scale compatibility.
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    hannibal , November 18, 2009 1:58 PM
    It is a linux, so no games. That has been sure for a long time. But if people just want to surf in the net, and use some word-prosessor, this can be good, if it's easy enough to use!

    Yeah many Linux people says that Linux is easy enough even today, but for any normal Mr. Smith, it's not so easy to get everything working without some help from "real" linux user. If Google can make Android so easy to use and install, that everybody can use it without much effort, Android may have a future! I doupt that it ever will be a gaming platform, but for any normal computer user, it may be alternative. Google is so big name at this moment, that it is possible. One other company that could really do it, would be Microsoft itself. If Microsoft would make an easy to use, standardiced Linux distribution it allso would have some change to make it through, but even to them it would not be an easy task. Linux is a great platform, but even now it need some extra punch. It has been coming more, and more user friendly all the time, so it is possible to that one day we have Windows, Linux and Apple Os for customers to chose from. I hope that Android will bring that day closer!
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    dark_lord69 , November 18, 2009 2:00 PM
    If I could get better frame rates I would download/buy it.
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    randerson , November 18, 2009 2:28 PM
    Google does have the major cash flow to really push their own Linux distro.
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    invlem , November 18, 2009 2:37 PM
    I'm hoping Chrome OS will open the door for Linux into the budget user market. If you can grab a solid footing into that market you can grow from there.

    The vast majority of computer owners probably don't go beyond office type applications and internet surfing, these people also need something thats super user friendly or else they get frustrated and quit on the technology... Google could make this user-friendly non-windows environment happen.
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    gbismack , November 18, 2009 2:41 PM
    It could establish itself in the nice up-and-coming MID/UMPC market, along with in-dash stereos. That last one in particular could be a great market for it. Incorporate all of their google crap in it (maps, searching, mail) and make a very user friendly UI. Most OEM car stereos, even the ones that have a lot of features, have a crappy interface and are not customizable in the least bit!

    Disclaimer: this coming from someone building his own CarPC, ha. I just need to finish the electrical wiring and it'll be done!!!
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    awaken688 , November 18, 2009 2:46 PM
    Google has the name to pull off something big. If Google could take OpenOffice and clean it up to better compete with Microsoft Office so the typical user never felt they were lacking anything, it could catch on. Netbooks will be a good market they really attack in the beginning where games and major commercial apps like Photoshop/CAD/Engineering are really important, it could take a foothold. It needs to be a work out of the box situation for sure to catch on. Hopefully they can pull it off.
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    sykozis , November 18, 2009 3:05 PM
    The leaked ChromeOS was nothing but a very slightly modified OpenSuSE...so unless some major changes were made since...it's still nothing but OpenSuSE with Chrome browser installed.
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    extremepcs , November 18, 2009 3:21 PM
    They will probably try to target low-end devices like cheap netbooks. People don't use those for much other than surfing. I doubt they will bundle OpenOffice with it though. They'll push Google Docs instead. If they can get some major OEM's on board then it may very well be a success in that market. I don't expect to see Alienware, for example, offering it as an alternative to Windows though :)  And yes, I fully agree that Google has the name recognition to help. You say "Linux" to the average PC user (who would pronoince it "Ly-Nux") and they have no idea. Everyone has heard of Google.
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    Ehsan w , November 18, 2009 3:35 PM
    there are just too many pc's with windows,
    i'm afraid there's no way to compete with that.....
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    snurp85 , November 18, 2009 3:49 PM
    Definitely looking forward to this, though compatibility will be essential if I am going to switch over. Regardless, I will tinker with it when it finally does come out.
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    mj4358 , November 18, 2009 3:52 PM
    Get ready to have your entire life Indexed for the world's Corporations to see and sell.
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    ethanolson , November 18, 2009 5:15 PM
    Listen... the Chrome browser is buggy as heck and I can't stand it at the sites I go to regularly. I've filed numerous bug reports and when version 3 came out, I tried it again. Still screwed up. Why can IE, Firefox, Opera, and Safari render most sites fine but Chrome messes up on 5-10% of 'em?

    I hope their OS is nothing like their browser. If it is... no thanks.
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    the_one111 , November 18, 2009 5:53 PM
    Ehsan Wthere are just too many pc's with windows,i'm afraid there's no way to compete with that.....

    Never say never.

    Edison could have said "There are just too many people using candles, no way to compete with that" but he didn't.

    Innovation combined with determination always wins out.

    That being said I will wait and see about this chrome, but so far I haven't seen anything impressive.
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