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Google releases its operating system as open source

By Maciej Lewandowski     Nov 22, 2009 in Technology
On Nov. 19, Google released the source code for the Chrome OS, its operating system based on the Linux kernel and working through a browser window interface.
Google announced:
Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web.
Although the working version of Chrome OS is already available to download for free, Google states that its final version will be ready for users in a year.
As the operating system is released as open source, Google encourages contributors to take a part in developing the software, to report and fix the bugs and to contribute in the system's design.
The H website reports that the core of the Chrome OS is a "lightweight Linux" so the system is available to start as quick as TV:
In a demonstration, it took seven seconds to boot to a login screen and three seconds to log in with the browser started.
At the moment the PC market is dominated by two main operation systems: Microsoft Windows and Linux (open source).
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