We've known since the beginning that Google aims to release Chrome OS for public consumption in the latter part of next year. What we didn't know is that, according to DigiTimes, Acer aims to be the first netbook vendor to have a Chrome OS-based system out the door in 2010.
DigiTimes received word from "industry sources" that such a netbook has been brewing in Acer's labs since the middle of this year. Also, the site says Acer Chairman JT Wang "expressed his confidence that the company will be the first vendor to launch Chrome-based netbook in the market."
Acer was the first out with a netbook capable of dual-booting Google's Android mobile platform and Windows XP, too: the Aspire One D250, which popped up on Amazon about a month and a half ago. DigiTimes mentions that sales of the system haven't been "as strong as expected," although that has reportedly done little to dampen Acer's interest in exotic operating systems.
Google released early (albeit functional) Chrome OS source code under the Chromium OS project on November 19. The company said the public launch will take place a year from then, suggesting we might see Acer's Chrome OS netbook fairly late in 2010.