According to industry sources, Linux-based operation systems of Tmax OS and InfraWare are gaining much attention as alternatives to the Microsoft Windows. The latest version of the Linux has been significantly improved in terms of installation and use, providing a user interface similar to that of the Windows and coming with various software tools for documentation, multimedia utilization, etc.
In addition, constraints on the Linux in the financial and public sectors are being removed one after another with Internet environments adopting Web standards. Under the circumstances, the software industry is expecting that the utilization of open-source operating systems will spread to the general consumer market as well as the enterprise market.
Google’s Chrome OS, which is to be integrated with the Android OS in the second half of this year, is emerging as an alternative OS, too. Google is planning to allow the use of Android applications on the Chrome OS by the end of this year so that the underutilized Chrome Web Store can be made up for.
According to Google, the Play Store is scheduled to become compatible with Chromebook Pixel, Acer Chromebook R11 and ASUS Chromebook Flip next month. Those using Chromebooks manufactured by Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, Dell and HP can use the Google Play Store on the laptops from late this year.