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Google Chrome OS: First looks, first impressions

Nov 20, 2009, 23:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Martin has posted his concerns about Chrome OS in his insightful "Google Chrome OS: My concerns". I am in full accord with Martins' take on cloud computing. But instead of discussing my feelings on the cloud or why we need another OS, I thought it would be beneficial to take a look at a running instance of the Google Chrome OS. I will preface this by saying the OS is in the very early stages of development. But even with the early stages it is quite obvious where this fledgling operating system is heading.

"Getting and "installing"

"In case you are interested in trying Chrome OS out you can with the help of either VirtualBox or VMware. Since we've covered VirtualBox here on Ghacks (read my article "Install VirtualBox with USB Support" to learn how to install VirtualBox) I will show you how to get Chrome running with that application.

"After you have VirtualBox up and running you will need to download an image file to use. I have tried both the Chrome OS VirtualBox image and the VMware image on VirtualBox. The results of the VirtualBox image was a black screen that wouldn't boot. The VMware image, however, was able to successfully boot. So it is my recommendation that you hop over to the Google Chrome page on Gdgt and download the VMware image. You will have to register on the site in order to get to the downloads page."

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