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Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS 0.13.587.135
NameGoogle Chrome OS
Company / developerGoogle Inc.
Programmed inC, C++
OS familyUnix-like
Working statePreinstalled on specific hardware (Chromebooks)
Latest stable release0.13.587.135 (Stable)
September 07, 2011(age 4)
Latest test version0.14.811.89 (Beta)
September 06, 2011(age 4)
0.15.1011.11 (Dev)
September 13, 2011(age 4)
Update methodRolling release
Package managerPortage
Supported platformsx86, ARM
Kernel typeMonolithic (Ubuntu Linux kernel)
user interfaceGraphical interface based on the Google Chrome Browser
LicenseGoogle Chrome OS Terms of Service

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Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications. Google announced the operating system on July 7, 2009 and made it an open source project, called Chromium OS, that November.

Unlike Chromium OS, which can be compiled from the downloaded source code, Chrome OS only ships on specific hardware from Google's manufacturing partners. The user interface takes a minimalist approach, resembling that of the Chrome web browser. Since Google Chrome OS is aimed at users who spend most of their computer time on the Internet, the only application on the device is a browser incorporating a media player and a file manager.

The expected launch date for retail hardware featuring Chrome OS slipped after Google first announced the operating system: from an initial forecast date in late 2010 to June 15, 2011, when "Chromebooks" from Samsung (and then Acer in July) actually shipped.

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