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CoreOS looks to fork Google's Chrome OS to help tame the web

Luckily, most of us don't have to think about the tangled infrastructure that keeps the internet ticking along. But, as profiled by Wired, that's the obsession of the crew at CoreOS, who are building an operating system it ambitiously hopes will help make the web tidier and more nimble. It's underpinned by Chrome OS, which the team aims to fork so that it can run every web service imaginable. That'd give smaller players in the web server game access to modular web infrastructure tech, like that used by Google on desktops and laptops with ChromeOS. It would also keep servers up-to-date automatically without the need to install brand new versions of an operating system -- a peril-fraught hassle administrators often postpone as long as possible. If successful, the project could result in better server security, quicker response to evolving web technologies and less downtime. CoreOS is still early in its development, but the group has already sold another of its open source projects to cloud player Rackspace, and counts Linux kernal specialist Greg Kroah-Hartman among its collaborators. For more, check Wired's in-depth take on it at the source.

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