When Google unveiled Chrome OS last year, it said the stripped-down, Linux-based netbook operating system would become available in the second half of 2010. According to a story by VentureBeat, Acer may meet that deadline with time to spare, releasing its first Chrome OS-based hardware at Computex early next month.
Considering Chrome OS's netbook focus, one would expect Acer to introduce either an Intel-powered netbook or an ARM-based smartbook running the operating system. However, while VentureBeat says it heard about Acer's launch schedule from "multiple sources," it claims not to know exactly what type of product Acer will come up with.
Computex will run from June 1 to June 5 in Taipei, Taiwan, and as we've noted before, we'll be on location to bring you the news as it develops. The show played host to the debut of the very first Eee PC three years ago, although it took a few months for that system to hit store shelves. VentureBeat raises the possibility of Acer doing something similar—staging a soft launch first and shipping actual products later.
You don't have to wait to take a peek at Chrome OS, of course. Google released the source code last November, and some pre-cooked builds quickly became available. Hexxeh, for one, provides a bootable USB image of Chrome OS's development branch, a.k.a. Chromium OS.
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