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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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