From an interview Google co-founder Larry Page and Chief Executive Eric Schmidt gave the Wall Street Journal, at the summer camp for tycoons that Allen & Co. is holding in Sun Valley this week:
Mr. Page described the Chrome operating system as a kind of anti-operating system — one that is basically indistinguishable from a browser. Netbooks loaded with Chrome will boot up almost instantaneously and will store data on the Internet instead of a hard drive.
“I wanted the operating system to kind of be out of the way,” Mr. Page said.
It’s sounding more and more like the return of the Network Computer.
Another revelation: Google hired some Firefox developers to build a Chrome OS demo that convinced a reluctant Schmidt to approve the project.
Schmidt said he’ll talk to Apple about how Google’s new operating-system business complicates his position on Apple’s board of directors.
“There is no change at the moment,” Schmidt said.
Does that mean Chrome OS at this point is still just vaporware?