According to recent rumors, Google's much anticipated operating system, Chrome OS, will be available for download next week. Although this is the second rumor hinting at Chrome's eminent release, this time it comes from TechCrunch who cites that the information comes from a "reliable source". This of course coincides with previous statements from Google saying that early builds will be available "later this year". However Google has also said that netbooks running Chrome OS will not be available for consumers until the second half of 2010.
So what can we expect? It's likely that Google will make good on its word to release the source code to developers, but if you're expecting a fully operation build you shouldn't hold your breath. Driver support will likely be a weak point and expect only a few devices to be green lit for installation. Google has previously said they are working with Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba on the Chrome OS project. In short, don’t expect to be able to install it on whatever laptop or desktop machine you have until later in 2010.