Computers running Google's Chrome Operating system won't ship to consumers until the second half of 2011, with netbooks slated to come from Samsung and Acer at that time.
Google is instead making unbranded, Chrome OS-based netbooks available to qualified users, developers, schools and businesses who want to test it and provide Google feedback on how the platform can be improved.
Google officials made the announcements, along with the launch of the Chrome Web Store, at an event in San Francisco Dec. 7. The news consistent with Google CEO Eric Schmidt's assertion last month that Chrome OS machines were months from launch.
Google Chrome OS is the search engine's ambitious move to upend the traditional PC model cultivated by Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac computers for the last few decades.
Chrome OS is the base platform for the Chrome Web browser, which has more than 120 million users around the world.
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