Korea to Develop Own Web-Based OS

The government has decided to develop an operating system capable of rivaling Google's Chrome OS in collaboration with Korean companies such as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, a move to gain ground in the emerging cloud computing service industry.

"We plan to develop Korea's own web-based operating systems by forming a consortium of local companies," Kim Jae-hong, deputy minister at the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, said at a press conference on Monday.

"We will forge ahead in developing a new kind of operating system, which is being seen as a next-generation product, in order to build the kind of advantage we do not enjoy in the market for smartphones and tablet PCs, which is dominated by Google and Apple."

A web-based OS enables users to save programs and files on a server instead of a hard drive so they can be retrieved whenever needed, as long as users have an Internet connection. This is designed to simplify the structure of IT appliances and make them smaller. Google, which developed its Android OS for smartphones, unveiled its web-based Chrome system in May.

The government will start by targeting PCs and laptops. If the venture proves successful, it will expand its new OS range to include smartphones and tabs. Korea's own OS will be an open model that is accessible by anyone, similar to Google's Android, in order to secure the maximum number of users.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 23, 2011 10:16 KST