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Google has revealed a partial list of hardware and software companies that it is working with to support Google Chrome OS.

According to a Google Chrome Blog post attributed to vice president of product management Sundar Pichai engineering director Linus Upson, the following companies are working with Google to design and build devices based on Chrome OS:

Acer
Adobe
ASUS
Freescale
Hewlett-Packard
Lenovo
Qualcomm
Texas Instruments, and
Toshiba

It is likely that Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba are looking to produce netbooks and other computers for the proposed OS, while Freescale, Qualcomm and TI are probably involved in the design of semiconductors and other components for those systems.

Adobe is an important member of 'Team Chrome OS' - the absence of Flash and related software could be a handicap for the new platform. (Mind you, it didn't stop the iPhone from becoming one of the most popular smartphones.)

While Google's view of standards-based web-based applications is somewhat at odds with Adobe's, Flash and AIR support would make Chrome OS more attractive, especially for non-corporate users.

Microsoft's Silverlight occupies a similar space, but development of a Linux-compatible implementation has been left to the Novell-sponsored Mono project. The resulting software - Moonlight - has proved controversial.

The list of partners is not comprehensive, so it is interesting to speculate which other companies may be involved. If HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer and ASUS sell Chrome OS netbooks (or even desktops), it's hard to imagine that Dell wouldn't at least offer it as an option.

In their blog post, Pichai and Upson re-emphasised that Google Chrome OS will be an open-source project available at no cost.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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