Google's Linux-based Chrome operating system still hasn't made an official appearance, but rumors are coming out of China of early devices running alpha Chrome and some Linux fans have made their own version.
It's not every brand new operating system that gets open sourced a year before it hits the retail shelves. Then again, Chrome OS isn't just any OS, and Google isn't just any company. Indeed, that's just what Google did last week, making its brand new Chrome OS freely available for download by developers far and wide.
Why is Google promoting two open source operating systems that can both be run on netbooks -- Android and Chrome? Is this part of a larger strategy, where Google will direct the two along different paths -- Chrome for netbooks and Android for the smartphone?