Google Chrome OS

Written By Chio Chyo on Monday, October 20, 2014 | 10:00 AM

What is Chrome OS?
Chrome OS is an operating system with Linux base which has been developed by Google. This operating system has been improved particularly in order to make it work better with the various web apps in Chrome Web Store. Devices that run Chrome OS also have additional Google products and services built-in, for example automatic security updates and Google web apps like Google Docs, Google Music, and Gmail.
Chrome OS features

Select hardware
Similar to Windows and Mac, Chrome OS is a complete computing environment. It sends on hardware specifically designed for it from Google's manufacturing partners--laptops called Chromebooks and desktop PCs called Chromeboxes. Now, Chrome OS devices include Chromebooks from Samsung, Acer, and HP, as well as a Lenovo ThinkPad version for education and a premium Chromebook Pixel with a better resolution display and higher price tag.

Open-source and Linux-based
Chrome OS is based on Linux and is open source, it means that anyone can look under the hood to see the code underlying the operating system. Although Chrome OS is mostly found on Chromeboxes and Chromebooks, because it's open-source, you can actually install the operating system on any x86-based PC or systems running the ARM processor, if you tend to use it.

Cloud-centric
Not only the file manager and the Chrome browser, all of the applications that can run on Chrome OS are also web-based. So, you can't install proprietary desktop software like Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop on Chrome OS because they're not web applications. The point is, anything that can run in the Chrome browser (a separate product not to be confused with the Chrome operating system), however, will run on Chrome OS. If you spend most of your time to work in your browser (using office suites like Google Docs or Microsoft Webapps, do online research, and/or content management systems or other web-based systems), then Chrome OS may be for you.

Designed for speed and simplicity
Chrome OS has a minimalist design: apps and web pages are combined in a single dock. Since Chrome OS runs web apps primarily, it also has low hardware requirements and doesn't use a lot of system resources. The system is designed to get you to the web as fast and unobtrusively as possible.

Included features
The integration in Chrome OS is a basic file manager with Google Drive online storage integration, a media player, and Chrome Shell for command-line functions.

Security built in
Of course Google doesn't want you to have to think about malware, viruses, and security updates, that’s why  the OS automatically updates for you, performs system self-checks at startup, offers Guest Mode for friends and family to use your Chrome OS device without ruining it, and other security layers, such as verified boot.

Who should use Chrome OS?
Chrome OS and the computers that run them are addressed towards people who work primarily on the web. Chrome devices aren't powerful, but they're lightweight and have long battery life. It’s perfect for travel, student use, or as road warriors.

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