National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version



Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 10:2, Fall/Winter 2009.


Copyright 2009 by the National Collegiate Honors Council


As I write this essay, Google has just announced that it will begin offering a new computer operating system (“Chrome OS”), competing with Microsoft and Apple. Both the form and substance of Google’s announcement are noteworthy. The company chose to make its announcement via the “Official Google Blog” rather than more traditional means such as a press release or press conference. As for substance, the new operating system will be “open source,” meaning that the source software programming code will be freely available to all who use it.