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More credible Chrome OS shots leak

updated 11:55 am EDT, Mon August 17, 2009

Chrome OS Shots Again

A new set of shots that have surfaced this weekend claim to show a more accurate early version of Google's Chrome OS. Unlike a set of since-debunked first images, the new images of the supposed 0.1.15 beta appear more substantive than before. They show a Mac-like dock at the top but with a built-in search bar and Google apps as default.

They also display touches that are difficult (though not necessarily impossible) to replicate with third-party modifications of existing platforms, such as the absence of any border around a Chrome web browser as well as a very minimal system tray that shows only the time and essentials like battery life or running apps.

Chrome OS isn't due to ship until the second half of 2010 on netbooks and other low-end systems but will behave in a way consistent with the shots. The Chrome web browser will be the framework for virtually all apps on the platform, including offline code.

No sources have yet come out to either confirm or deny the authenticity of the images.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Love this

    Can't wait to see it in reality. I can't wait for Apple people to say it's too minimal!

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    too minimal

  1. George3

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I like Apple's black arrow instead of the white arrow/pointer.

  1. jonboy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    looks a bit antiquated

    or is it just the crt... probably both

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    a lot like BeOS in some ways.

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still it is Linux

    I love linux. I am a big user of Ubuntu, SuSe and Red Hat. They are good and stable, with Ubuntu being the most friendly and easiest to use.

    THAT being said, I would still not recommend any of those OS's to friends or family. Updates are still scary, and if you try to install something "out of the ordinary" you have issues like RPM's or dependencies to deal with.

    Good luck to Google, maybe they can make this work.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oooh, look

    It's another Linux-based OS! How revolutionary of Google! Man, these people are certainly ahead of the curve!

    And, really, is the world that desparate for a browser-based OS?

  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I thought so too, rytc. Not really in a derivative way, I just thought it was interesting how it sort of reminded me of it. I think it's mostly the tabbed window style.

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