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Yes, there's a Chrome OS folder now, but don't get your panties in a bunch yet

TechCrunch's MG Siegler got all excited over the weekend about the appearance of a Chrome OS build folder on Google's server. Yes, the snapshots are now being posted - actually, they have been since October 5th, by the look of things - but there's nothing to get excited about just yet. Sorry, MG.

For starters, what's in the folder is what's in the other top level folders - a browser build for a specific OS. This isn't Chrome OS per se, it's the Google Chrome browser build for Google's upcoming OS. You know, like the Mac, Windows, and Linux versions available for download from the very same server.

But let's move on. Assuming you're the easily excited type, the screen above shows what you get when building Chrome for Chrome OS versus Chrome on Linux. My thanks to Johnathan Frederickson, who commented on the TC post and actually played around with Google's .deb packages.

As you can see, there's really not much to look at apart from the clock and the little circle in the top left corner.
When clicked, the circle takes you to a sign-on page, currently only available internally to Google staffers in all probability. I'll wager that has something to do with the single sign-on cookie we read about a while back.

Other items Frederickson mentions include the compact nav bar , which also appeared on Download Squad in September and an additional screen for Chrome OS options under the wrench menu.

Siegler also touched on "some kind of document viewer called GView." I'll assume he missed this post, where I noted that GView - which you can actually already use and have been able to use for some time - can be set to intercept HTTP request for compatible file types on Chrome OS.

I'm not sure I want to even mention this part, but what the hell. The highlight of Siegler's post? It's right in the title: "And what is the Touchpad?" I've got to admit, I almost spit out my coffee when I read '...and this is all being tested on a "touchpad." ' a few paragraphs later.

No, it's being built for devices with touchpads. You know, like the cheap netbooks that may already be getting prepped for retail deployment with Chrome OS installed.

Tags: chrome, chrome-os, chromeos, chromium, google, osupdates