Screenshots and a beta download of Google’s much anticipated Chrome OS appeared on the web today. I’ve been waiting anxiously to see what Google had in store as the rumored Windows 7 killer, so I jumped at the opportunity. But after clicking around a bit, something didn’t feel right. Following my hunch, I did a little clicking, searching, and reading, and here is what I found.
The download site is hosted at sites.google.com – a free Google product, but not an official Google page. This doesn’t seem like the way Google would handle things, especially when they haven’t seemed to update anything about Chrome OS on their regular sites for months. And then I found the evidence I was looking for, at the bottom of the download page in fine print.
Chrome OS is not related to Google. Service provided by SUSE Studio. See the license.
So apparently, some enterprising individual decided to use OpenSUSE’s cool SUSE Studio to create their own custom distribution, dubbed it Chrome OS, and posted up some quick links. Ingenious for sure. But I don’t envy them the nasty notes sure to follow from Google’s lawyers. And since the site is hosted free on Google sites anyway, I’m sure it won’t be there for long.
If you’re hankering to get some hack’s opinion of what Chrome OS might be, head there quickly! But don’t get your hopes too high. Or low. Google is still keeping its Chrome OS cards hidden up their sleeve.