This is big news and will have lasting impact for sure. Google has [announced its plan for a Google operating system in its blog post](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html), branding it Chrome OS.
Here’s the summaries of the announcement:
* Google Chrome OS is open source.
* It will initially target the netbooks market.
* Designed to be fast and lightweight, start up in few seconds.
* Build for simplicity with minimal user interface for the desktop.
* Complete redesigned security architecture to do away with viruses, malware and security updates.
* Netbooks with Chrome OS will appear second half 2010.
* Runs on both x86 and ARM chips.
* Chrome OS is basically Chrome browser running in a new windowing system on top of Linux kernel.
* The standard web is the application platform for Chrome OS developer.
* Chrome OS is separate from Android OS.
We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet.