Google Chrome OS is a new operating system by Google, which is mainly targeted towards netbooks. According to the blog post on the Official Google Blog:
Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.
You can try Chrome OS even if it is for netbooks. The official version is not out yet but the guys at gdgt.com have a version of Google Chrome OS that you can download and test. You need to register on their site and verify your email address to be able to download the OS.
- Virtual Box for Windows hosts: Download (72 MB)
- Google Chrome OS Image: Register and Download (313 MB)
- Unzip utility like WinRar or WinZip: Download Winrar.
Here are the steps to install Google Chrome OS on Windows XP:
- Download and install Virtual Box for Windows Hosts. You may get a error like shown below. Click “Continue Anyway”.
- Download Chrome OS and unzip it to a folder.
- Open Virtual Box and Click New.
- Click Next. In the next window, Type a name in “Name” field, In Operating System, Select Linux and in version, select Ubuntu. Click Next.
- In this windows, select the RAM for this OS. Select maximum RAM as it’ll only be used when you are running the OS and will be released as soon as you close the application.
- In the next windows, Select “Use existing Hard Disk” and click on the small arrow as shown in screenshot.
- In the next screen, click ADD browse for the file you unzipped in step 2.
- Select the Virtual Hard disk you added and click next and finally click on finish.
- Google Chrome OS is now installed. Now you can run it. Make sure you have connected to internet before loading Chrome OS.
- Click the Run button to start Chrome OS.
- Voila. We have Chrome OS running. You’ll need gmail account to use Chrome OS. If you don’t have one, create here for free.
Thats it. Enjoy your new Google Chrome OS. Feel free to share your thoughts in comments.