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09 July 2009, 11:22

Google Chrome OS partners announced

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Google has officially announced its first partners to support the upcoming Google Chrome OS. Hardware vendors interested in supporting the recently announced Google open source operating system include Acer, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba. Adobe has also been listed by Google as a software partner, probably for the Flash and Air platform technologies. According to Google, the first devices running Chrome OS should be available in the second half of 2010.

The operating system will initially be aimed at x86 and ARM based netbooks and uses a Linux kernel running a "new windowing system". In the Google Chrome Blog post, the search engine giant stresses the fact that, like its mobile Android operating system, the Chrome OS will be a free, open source product, available at no cost to users or device manufacturers. Google welcomes developers interested in helping the project and advises them to "stay tuned" as the OS code will be open sourced later this year. The company also notes that there are currently several full time software engineering positions available for Chrome OS development.

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