A lot of speculation had been done on whether Google OS would be free and open source. Google has finally answered to these queries and the answer is Yes. Here’s the official information from Google blog:
“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 is 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.”
Google as OS would be operating on a linux kernel with Google chrome providing the browing platform.Many people regard that Google OS would not be able to give any competition with the Windows and just as many linux OS ,Google Chrome OS would also just fade away with time.
“ChromeOS isn’t a threat. In fact it’s not even on Microsoft’s radar. It’s nice that Google is offering their philanthropic OS for all and sundry (incidentally, what are the tax implications of this kind of project?) But can it beat Windows? No and never”. Techcrunch
Though these claims might seem justified but this time linux based Google OS might just be able to move ahead despite the odds.As Google already has a variety of apps for which the OS might just be an ideal platform. More over Google is partnering with major players in laptop such as Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments.We can see a range from primarily small-form computer makers like ASUS to bigger PCs like HP and Lenovo, and the addition of Qualcomm and TI means they’ve got low-powered chipset makers on board.
I have been reading comments on other blog some of them are:
“This is exactly what Linux needed, a well-funded, technologically smart company like Google to lead it out of the darkness.”
“no native x86 code running on there, which all but nullifies any ability for people to use anything but the devices that “Google hard-codes into the thing to begin with. Otherwise, their claims of “don’t need to download security updates” and “never slows down” and “no malware” are pure bullshit.”
Addition of Adobe would mean stronger flash support and interactive interface,all this makes an impression that this would be different from the rest Linux OS which have come till now.