Thursday 23 June 2011

Google Chrome OS for Your PC

Google has developed chrome os. You can run this os as VMWare and VirtualBox. I have managed to put my Goolge Chrome OS download in the form of VirtualBox. I am pleased to announce that now you can easily try it on your own computer from a USB thumb drive.

Before You Get Started Please Read following information

Before you decide to download Chrome OS, there are probably a few things I should tell you about it. It is in the very early stages of development, so there is still a lot of stuff that doesn’t work. In fact, it may not work for you at all.
You should also be made aware that this operating system is very simplistic by design, as it is intended for use on netbook computers . By definition, a netbook is a small and inexpensive laptop intended for very casual use such as web browsing and/or office tasks. When you launch Chrome OS, pretty much all you get is a web browser. Don’t be surprised if you go through all this.
First of all, you will of course need a USB drive you can use to try it out. The disk image is 2,988,442,112 bytes, so you’ll probably need a 4GB thumb drive to be able to use it. If you have any files on your USB drive that you need, be sure to back them up to a safe place because this will wipe all the data from your USB drive.
You will also need a computer that allows booting from a USB drive. You’ll need to instruct your computer’s BIOS to boot from the USB drive instead of the hard drive like it normally does. When you boot up your computer, it should provide you with information as to how to bring up a boot menu. On some machines it is the F8 key and others the F12 key or some other key.
If it all scrolls by too fast, some computers will allow you to pause the boot sequence by pressing the Pause key. That should give you all the time you need to read all that stuff on the screen to see if you can find out what the boot menu key is (if there is one). If you don’t see anything about a boot menu, you could also try editing your BIOS settings to boot from the USB drive. You may wish to consult your computer (or motherboard) manual on how to do this.
You will also need a little bit of luck. Chromium OS may or may not work on your computer hardware. I did successfully run it on computers with Intel and ASUS motherboards.
Finally, you will need to download the necessary files to put Chromium OS onto your USB drive. I have packaged it all together in a torrent for you: Click here to get file. if link doesn't work copy this link.
You’ll need a good BitTorrent client like utorrent or BitTorrent to download it. The torrent has a zip file that includes the disk image, as well as a Windows tool for putting the image onto a USB drive. The program you’ll use to create the Chrome OS USB boot disk. It’s a good tool for writing disk images, and no cost. you don't need to download it separately because I’ve already included it in the torrent.

Once you’ve got Image Writer running, click the folder icon and select the chrome_os.img file it should be located in the same place where you extracted the zip file and launched Win32DiskImager.exe.

Connect your USB drive to your PC. If you have autorun enabled, you may want to wait a few seconds for your computer to do its thing. Just close whatever window may pop up. Next, click on the device dropdown and select the drive letter that corresponds to your USB drive. Then, click write and the program will commence writing the disk image to your USB drive.

Boot Up Chromium OS

You’re now ready to boot up Chromium OS! You can just leave the USB drive in your machine and reboot it. When the machine boots, press the boot menu key on your keyboard. Select your USB drive from the menu. In about 10 seconds or so, you should see the Chromium OS login screen.

Login with chronos and password. This will log you in as a local user. Once you log in, you should see what looks almost just like the Google Chrome browser. If you click on the Chrome sphere in the upper left corner, you should see a Google Accounts login page telling you to log into Welcome. Log in with your Google Account.

If you do not see this page and you get a browser page that says it could not find the page requested, then unfortunately luck is not on your side. It means that Chromium OS doesn’t like your network adapter. You could still however try it out in a virtual machine if you so desire. If you were able to succesfully log in, you should then see the application page.

All the other applications are simply links to web pages.
As you can see, it is all in the cloud. All the applications you see on the app page bring up different web pages, and everything you do takes place within the browser. In my experience, it did boot up relatively fast, the browser tends to run a bit slow . Although the calculator and notepad launch properly, the apps don’t work and nothing loads into the windows at all.

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