Windows XP is the current preferred choice of operating system (OS) for netbooks, as it’s familiar to use, and runs better on netbooks than Vista. But things look let to change with
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year they will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.
The Google Chrome OS is also designed to be compatible with both x86 CPUs, such as the common Atom CPU, and also ARM CPUs.
Just a few months away is the release of the new Windows 7 operating system, which has been designed to run better on netbooks than Vista and XP.
It’s nice to see some competition in the netbook operating system market. A fast booting, quick OS will be great to try, even if only used as a secondary, dual booting OS. Google Blog Post
Update: Google have announced that they have confirmed support from a number of netbook manufactures, including the following:
- Texas Instruments
Google also announced that they have support from Adobe, so this will no doubt mean that Flash will be supported.