Mere hours ago, Google did something that’s pretty surprising, and that will impact the netbook, and maybe PC market: It announced its own operating system, Chrome. It’s open source.
Google announced the news on its blog, setting a clear agenda for all to see. “The operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web,” it said in the post, noting that Google Chrome OS–which will be based on the pretty successful Chrome browser–will be Google’s “attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.”
That sounds bold, but Google has a lot of brain power available to make it true. The OS will be open source, lightweight and have “speed, simplicity and security” at its core.