Google Chrome OS will be available for download by end of next week (source). Since Google announced in July, 2009 that it is developing it’s own operating system, IT developers and enthusiasts in general are waiting for its launch date. Earlier some news pieces suggested that Google is expected to launch beta version of its long awaited Operating System (Chrome) sometime in early fall.
There is a lot of speculation about the features and bugs that will come in the new operating system. Providing driver support for large array of hardware would be one of the biggest challenge faced by developers at Google. Although It has dedicated a huge team of developers for development of hardware drivers, it is almost impossible to include all the hardware available out there. especially the legacy devices.
There are rumors that Google would expect the hardware manufacturers to provide drivers for their own hardware. If these rumors are true then Launch of Google Chrome OS would be a sure Flop. Manufacturers have no incentive to invest into driver development before widespread availability and acceptance of the new operating system
Google is likely to be very selective about the hardware it’s operating system can run on. The Gap between people’s expectation and Google’s ability to deliver a game changing OS is huge.
It is very likely that initial release of Chrome OS would work on most of the netbooks and support for additional hardware would be rolled out in phases. For this reason, there will be little or no reason to celebrate the launch of this OS among most of Notebook or Desktop users. While Acer, Asus, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Toshiba and Texas Instruments are working with Google on this project, we should not expect wide scale support of hardware before this time next year.
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