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Google Chrome OS

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009


Google recently announced its new operating system, Chrome OS. It has gained plenty of buzz since then, and here I am adding to the mix. In its current form, Chrome is only really usable by installing a virtual machine. Installing a virtual machine is worthy of its own blog post, so I won’t go into the details here.

Last weekend I decided to install Chrome OS on my Mac. I chose the Mac since that is where my paid version of VMWare Fusion resides. This can be installed on any operating system. I followed the advice provided at TechCrunch and the installation was pretty easy. To give proper credit, the Chrome OS was compiled by the good folks at GDGT. I also watched a video provided courtesy of EnGadget. I had to make some minor modifications, but the video was pretty useful. In the video, when clicking Google’s equivalent of the Windows “Start Button”, it required a Google log-in that the poster assumed meant was unavailable to the public. I logged in with my regular Gmail credentials and it worked just fine.

Once installed, I poked around a bit and liked what I saw. There isn’t much to it yet, but I can see the potential. Google has said that it does not intend for the Chrome OS to be available on traditional laptops, so in fairness we can’t compare it to Windows or Mac, or even Linux, though it has roots in Linux. It is basically the Chrome Browser with some extra toys. Google claims its top interests in the OS are Speed and Security. Running Chrome OS on a Virtual Machine on a real laptop makes it hard to visualize the speed element. Google’s track record is sufficient to warrant taking the claim seriously though. As for security, I ran into a certificate error right off the bat. It didn’t like me using the https address for gmail. By trying the traditional http, I got in just fine. Google has officially opened Chrome OS to the public. Developers can now take a crack at it and see what they can come up with. This will help with both the speed and security that Google is looking for.

Chrome OS is clearly a long way from launch. It will have limited use, as it will be designed for specific netbooks, and will be restricted to solid-state hard drives. Even so, I think this is going to be a pretty good OS. I intend to participate in the development, so I will keep you updated as this project progresses.

To read more about Chrome OS, check out my blog post at SOLIS.