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Chrome OS's Impact? It's Too Early to Tell

So Google's going to release its own operating system, Chrome OS, targeted at netbooks and those who spend most of their time on the Web. Apparently, some people believe this move will force Apple to change its own product line and lower prices. Perhaps that will turn out to be true... but to make such a statement today is simply ludicrous.

Google Chrome OS isn't expected to appear on machines until the second half of 2010. For those scoring at home, that's at least 12 months away. To get there, Google admits it's "going to need a lot of help from the open source community to accomplish this vision." Think about that statement--Google is relying on help from a community that just heard about this project Wednesday, and yet it plans on having an operating system installed and shipping on machines in about a year's time.

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