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Google to shed light on actual Chrome OS - not the browser - on Friday 10/16

I'm as intrigued as anybody to find out what Chrome OS is actually going to look like. And despite what TechCrunch has been publishing this week, the truth is that we still don't know.

No, that "early build" MG Siegler was raving about isn't an OS. It's just the browser. Over at ComputerWorld, Google's Eitan Bencuya offered some much-needed clarification: "This is just the *browser* component of Chrome OS, not the operating system itself. We are currently working on building Chrome the browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS, and the source code of the browser for all four platforms is all public."

So there you have it. While that won't spell the end of the misleading titles, it's nice to have an official comment from someone who actually knows what they're talking about.

Now the plot thickens. Google is hosting an event in Mountain View tomorrow, where the topics will include - what else - Chrome OS. The Front End Engineering Open House will take place at 6PM PT, and will feature presentations and an hour of mingling with Google staffers (presumably including those working on Chrome OS).

Maybe tomorrow we'll finally have some actual insights into the OS itself, and not just the browser. If we do, you'll read about them here. And I love Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols' guess as to when we might see a public download for Chrome OS. He's pegging October 22nd - the same day Microsoft launches Windows 7.

Google wouldn't try to steal Microsoft's thunder like that, would they.....?

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