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Web giant previews open-source system a year before it will be available to users

Google Chrome OS ‘will load in a few seconds’

Google’s new Chrome OS will boot up a computer in “a few seconds”, the internet giant has said.

The open-source system, which will be available to users by the end of 2010, is wholly web-based, speeding up the start-up process.

“All apps are web apps. The entire experience takes place within the browser and there are no conventional desktop applications. This means users do not have to deal with installing, managing and updating programs,” Google group product manager Caesar Sengupta and engineering director Matt Papakipos wrote on the company’s official blog.

“We are obsessed with speed. We are taking out every unnecessary process, optimizing many operations and running everything possible in parallel. This means you can go from turning on the computer to surfing the web in a few seconds,” the blog continued.

Sengupta and Papakipos added that the web-based system provides additional benefits to computer security, because every application is “sandboxed” in a secure online environment, “sandbox making it harder for malware and viruses to infect your computer”. If the PC is compromised, Chrome OS is designed to fix itself by rebooting.

Google is now making the code available to developers, and the operating system will be free to users around this time next year.

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