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Do you think that Chrome OS will be free?

Most of Google's products are free of charge to have (with some exceptions that have a free "limited" version but a paid-for "full" version).

I'm curious what the consensus thinks about this matter when it comes to Chrome OS: Will it be free? Will it have a free/limited and paid/full version? Or will it have to be paid for no matter what.

And, just out of random curiosity, if you expect it to cost money, how much do you expect it to cost?

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deinfinityx

I believe they already said it was going to be free, matter of fact you can already compile it from their code so i highly doubt they are going to charge for it since they posted the code for anyone that wants it.
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Creegz

It should be free, it's based on Unix if i remember correctly.
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Condawg

That's no reason to assume that it will be free -- Mac OS X is also a UNIX OS, and it certainly is not free.
That said, Chrome OS is based off of Linux, and I'm 99% sure that it will be free.
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smx

I am sure it's gonna be OEM deals mostly. Google might even pay to have it shipped as a the default quick OS ( press any key to start chrome OS or wait to load windows)
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lhavelund

It's not based on UNIX (but on Linux). It will be free. That's about what there is to it.
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jonursenbach

Yeah it's got a lot of shared libraries/code with Ubuntu from what I saw during the build process.
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lhavelund

Indeed - as it is right now, the Chromium OS project suggest building it on Ubuntu (I tried to do so myself but failed; hence why I went here to check it out). They are working together with several projects (including Ubuntu, the Linux Kernel Team, and many, many others), and they contribute to the upstream releases of these projects as well - basically, they share their code with them, in return for the stuff they take. It's quite a lovely software development philosophy.

Go Free Software! :D
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imak92

WELL I THINK IT WILL BE FRRE BUT U WILL SURELY HAVE TO PAY TO HAVE IT LIKE 4 EXAMPLE U NEED TO PAY TO GET MUSIC AND U WILL SURELY NEED TO PAY FOR EXTRA ONLINE SPACE
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Condawg

That makes no sense.
You're not getting "extra online space..." The OS is essentially a web browser, and you will be using the same web apps inside it that you can use right now, free of charge.
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ryan

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Condawg

Oh no! See, this is why I just hold in shift if I ever need to capitalize something. What a shame.
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toobulkeh

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tong053

I'm don't know who is imak92. but I ever travel to Indonesia and happen found they only use cap-letter in every thing. I think he may be one.
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klthron

Oh it'll be free, just won't run on normal hardware.
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khurt

I think Chrome OS will be ad supported or will be leveraged in the same way Google has leveraged Android. It will be a platform for pushing Google's ad supported services.
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khurt

DUDE. FIX YOUR KEYBOARD. YOUR CAPS LOCK KEY MUST BE BROKEN!
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savocado

I'm 100% sure it will be for free. Google will 'get their money back' when you use the browser and click on the ads.
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mehanika

Dumpest topic i've yet to meet.

Its google, its free - they earn money thru advertisement, not products...

WAKE UP! Its not like googles businessmodel is new or anything...
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robal

Ok, I use VirtualBox on Windows 7 x64 Professional RTM (from university account on MSDN) and I managed to run VMWare image, but also have problem with network connection.

This got me wonder - can it be because I'm using router to connect with Internet? Maybe I should try some port forwading? I tried Google it, but without further results :/

Also - has anybody manage to run Chrome OS properly on Windows 7 x64?
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lhavelund

I'm running the VMWare image myself on Win7 Pro x64 with no issues. The internet connection there, but the system is *very* sluggish.
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chrisrpatterson

So far this is the *WORST* os I have ever used in Virtualization, it is very sluggish and you can't do anything with it. I have an OS wtih an excellent, actually multiple excellent, browser(s). In addition I can do a whole bunch of other stuff I want to.
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deinfinityx

Well its not even close to done yet this is like pre alpha release, in fact its not even a release just a code drop so of course there is going to be bugs. And this isn't meant for desktops or laptops. It is meant to give the average person who spends almost all of their time in a browser a cheap way to browse the internet aka give google more hits. When this starts shipping on netbooks they are only going to cost at the most $200, which means most people will be able to buy one and use it for just surfing the net which is what google wants.
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brett

wow chris. strong opinions for an open source, pre-alpha code release compiled by a third party and installed in a VM by you using the settings for a generic version of linux with just a portion of your systems resources. but okay.

no one forced you to try it, dude. going in, since it is Chrome OS, you know that it is going to be just the browser. right now it doesnt have the offline capabilities it will have in the future and it doesn't have the apps that it will have (web apps). we can't even gauge the OS right now since it is so early in the whole process. this is like someone who knows that they hate a certain food and then eats it readily just so that they can complain about how much they hate it.
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pinakaeus

That is true Mac OS X isn't free, but I think this will most likely be free as Google provides free services ... and from my knowledge, which mind you a 7th graders isn't very much, this would count as a 'service', so in short : Yes I think it will be free.
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nphyx

Gonna have to be, it's open source. If it isn't, people will just download source and compile it anyway. Now the services they offer over Chrome OS might not be, since it relies on web applications and cloud storage, but to date Google sustains itself well on advertising inside those apps. I don't expect a change there.
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greywolfnz

released under GPL so free and if it changes one day nothing stop you to fork the latest GPL version to make you own.
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laffinboy71

Is this a full os like windows,mac,or linux will it replace itor run from it all i can find is the browser and reviews on crome os and were i get it will there be a beta test release or will it just be a full release i hate windows to big to expensive and pretty much the only os you get wit a pc, macs cost too much,and go figure the never taught linux or even told me this was around when i fist learned computers in school and dont want to pay lots of $$$ for something i might not like or undestand
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nrz666

I think making ChromeOS closed/OEM-only/proprietary is silly. There always be similar alternatives. They have appeared long before this first beta announce. DSL/MicroCore/TinyCore Linux are the proof. As I've said in another topic, I'm working on such TC-based distribution. I've already defined its contents and now am working on usability ;)
So what it has now: naturally X-server (XVesa 'cause we needn't any effects, and Xorg is much slower and bigger), Firefox 3.5.5 as a browser, flashplugin installed, working ALSA (for sound) and alsaplayer for stream playing. What it will have: some Firefox decoration (more eyecandy theme), all popular services, including Google ones, will be bookmarked by default, maybe some Firefox plugins to improve the usability will be pre-installed. Also it will have a hotkey to call the terminal, such as one in ChromeOS (don't forget you'll be also able to use standard X server hotkeys, e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Backspace to get into the console mode, that won't be forbidden, at least in first versions). TinyCore also has a very pretty panel won't be removed in the mod but also will be called by a hotkey.

As a resume, currently I don't see any difference between ChromeOS and such a small DIY Linux distro. Try it yourself and feel the power enough to overwhelm Google in this direction :-D
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