Download, Try out Chrome OS, Free!

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Chrome OS, here at last.

Everyone’s heard tons and tons of hype about the new Chrome OS, and I’m no exception. Recently, the device-site “GDGT” announced that they had a working version of the OS on their site, for free (Chrome is said to retail at roughly $40). They are offering Chrome’s “developer preview 0.4.22.8” for download on their site.

Before you ask, yes, this is 100% legal. Why, you may ask? The OS itself requires very, very specific hardware (for example, you need a solid state drive, not a hard drive, if you want to run the Chrome OS), and is said to be a “proprietary” operating system, meaning that, as of right now, not all computers can run it.

Wait, can I run it or not?

“Wait!” you may ask. “Why should I download it if I can’t run it?” There are two ways to try out the Chrome OS. The OS download comes in the form of a VMWare Image. There are two way to run the image; One way is to download VMWare Player (PC) or VMWare Fusion(Mac). These allow you to run alternate operating systems in virtualized windows on your computer. In other words, you can run the Chrome OS in a window on your computer, just like any other application. Alternatively, you can try Virtualbox, which can read VMWare images, although not 100% perfectly.

If you’d like to try booting into Chrome from a USB drive, GDGT does offer a bootable version on their download page as well. You need to be running a distribution of Linux to run it, though.

Where can I get it?

To download the VMWare Image or the flash drive distribution, you’ll need to create a GDGT account by clicking here. Then, follow the links below.

Download Google’s Chrome OS

Read up on Chrome OS here.

  • themecreator

    Yes, it has been loads of talk about the Chrome OS and loads which is quite interesting ^^ As I understood it, your pc/mac have to fill the requirements, if you want to try it out. Does this involve the virtual pc solution?

    If it's not, I am definitely going to check it out.

    • http://technoheads.org Salem

      If you run the OS in a virtual machine, it will run it regardless of your
      system's hardware. Granted, if you have a bad processor, or bad hardware, it
      might not run as well, but it should still run.

      • themecreator

        ok… Then it is virtual machine time for me ^^

        • http://technoheads.org Salem

          Haha same. And if you have any issues, check out gdgt's support forum (I am
          not as fluent in virtual machines as I'd like to be).

  • Aerocrane

    Sweet.
    Hopefully I can get it to work properly on VirtualBox.
    Thanks for this.

    • http://technoheads.org Salem

      If you have any issues, I'll be happy to help as best I can.

      • Aerocrane

        How exactly I make it to run in VirtualBox?

        • http://technoheads.org Salem

          Before you use VirtualBox, try using VMWare Player, as it supposedly works
          better.

          • Aerocrane

            VMWare Player just gives me an error. It recognizes the file to be compatible with it though.

          • http://technoheads.org Salem

            Have you tried re-downloading the chrome os vmware package?

          • Aerocrane

            It seems to be some sort of different VMWare file. I have no idea how to use it.

  • FlyingSuitcase

    It seems to be some sort of different VMWare file. I have no idea how to use it.

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