Google announces the Google Chrome Operating System!

Yes, I said operating system.

On the Google Blog today, it was announced that they are working on a lightweight, open-source operating system, with the intent to “re-think what operating systems should be.” Intended (initially anyway) for netbooks, the Google Chrome Operating System will be installed in new netbooks by the second half of 2010.

From their blog:

“Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.”

So get ready open-sourcers. Google is expecting help on this one to make their vision a reality.