How long has Google been planning on doing this?
It would have been silly to release Chrome OS before things like Gmail, Docs and Reader were as good as they are today, and the Chrome Browser could have been the sandbox for some of the technologies they intend to implement in Chrome OS.
I think Google have been planning this for a long time now, and I'm talking years. If there's one thing that all of their products and services are in need of is a way to bring them together into one particular place: the Desktop.
What do other people think?
They have the Google phone and tablets are already in the works. Desktops and laptops are the final frontier for them.
I'm more interested in seeing the minimum system requirements for the OS and seeing if I can get it to run on an old laptop I have from 1999.
Right now the best OS I've found for it is Ubuntu but with the date of the bios, all I can run on it is Dapper Drake (6.06). It works well enough with that though and I have no problems with it, it's actually a very reliable machine, IBM used to know how to make a laptop.