Squeeze will be released when ready. Chrome OS will be available on devices with a keyboard by Christmas.
Let’s see. ASUS sold out to M$ and the netbook went with XP. Google will not sell out to M$ so there will be netbooks available running Chrome OS and they will not magically disappear. Could this be the resurgence of the netbook as a vector for GNU/Linux on retail shelves? Android is getting in. So will Chrome OS, I believe. Google has the brand, the money and the determination to make it so. When you consider that Chrome OS will push users to Google’s other services, you know that Google will promote the OS. That should put a dent in the monopoly on netbooks and may cause a resurgence. When that happens other OEMs will deviate from the monopoly’s plan because netbooks with “7” will not sell as well when there is choice.
Expect a wave of news and ads about Chromed devices in the month before Christmas. Google would not have tipped its hands if that were not coming. Timing is key. Lots of money is spent in developed markets in the Christmas season. Will devices be ready in sufficient quantity? Will the monopoly sue Google over Chrome OS? They may sue manufacturers as they have done for Android. We live in interesting times.
I presume the announcement by Google means manufacturers are already at work cranking out products. Air freight can bring these things onto the market in a week. They can produce millions in a month. That will not burst the dam but will make another big crack.