updated 06:40 pm EDT, Tue August 24, 2010
Acer Chrome OS netbooks surface in logs
A discovery late Monday has revealed that Google may already be testing Acer-made netbooks running Chrome OS. An "Acer ZGA" system has surfaced in a Linux kernel changelog that would be consistent with Aspire One netbooks made by Quanta and which has shown in Google's own bug trackers for the open-source version of Chrome OS, Chromium OS. The details found by Macles make clear references to Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N455 and a SanDisk pSSD for storage.
As Acer hasn't used a straightforward version of Linux on a netbook for years and wouldn't need to have an Android device supported in Chromium OS, it's believed the company must be supplying prototype Aspire Ones to Google or otherwise testing the new platform before it reaches a shipping product. A SanDisk pSSD would be consistent with Google's aims for Chrome OS netbooks since they use solid-state drives as part of the minimum requirements.
Specifications still have room to change, but the ZGA netbook was already in the final, Product Verification Test stage as of July 29. The process takes just weeks and could see the finished product ship as soon as September, although mass production could add to the delay. Google and its partners have only officially committed to the fall.