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What Lies Ahead for Chrome OS?

So rumor has it that Google's Chrome OS, which had been slated to arrive some time next year, is about to arrive as a beta release. As I pointed out this morning, netbooks based on it may help preserve open source influence on a hot hardware category, but is Chrome OS likely to be a smash hit?

Chrome OS won't arrived in final form until months after Windows 7 has had a good opportunity to become entrenched on netbooks, and Google has said that the operating system is aimed at the netbook space. Also, GigaOm noted here that Google isn't really in favor with telecom giants, who are predicted to play a big part in how netbooks are distributed.

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