Google Chrome OS has arrived as free VMWare download

Google Chrome OS has arrived as free VMWare download

Summary: Just awhile ago, news reports were popping up with sneak peak videos and details about the much-awaited, upcoming Google Chrome OS release. But as of a few hours ago, it looks like we can sample it for ourselves.

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Just awhile ago, news reports were popping up with sneak peak videos and details about the much-awaited, upcoming Google Chrome OS release. But as of a few hours ago, it looks like we can sample it for ourselves.

To be able to do so, you'll need VMWare running on your computer (PC, Mac or Linux). You can then download the image from Gdgt (And that's after creating an account. Annoying, I know, but if you really want it, that's what you have to do.) Google also has released the operating system's code as an open source document for external developers to get cracking.

If you're interested in the full recap and details on the Chrome OS from yesterday's event at the Googleplex, check out ZDNet's Sam Diaz's post here.

If you download the Chrome OS preview, please let us know how it works for you in the TalkBack section.

Topics: Browser, Google, Hardware, Operating Systems, Software, Virtualization, VMware

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  • Somebody will make it available in a more public area, I'm sure.

    Being that it's open source, somebody's going to
    make it available in a more public area, I'm sure.
    I'll wait until then.
    CobraA1
    • Agreed - I'm waiting, too.

      I'd like to see somebody save a Virtual PC image and make it available somewhere.
      BillDem
  • RE: Google Chrome OS has arrived as free VMWare download

    that's not the real release... that's a linux based os,
    with layering... very different.
    ipvirus
    • Could you elaborate?

      "that's not the real release... that's a linux based os, with layering... very different"

      I use VMWare to create virtual machines onto which I install "guest" OSes. Why would VMWare be a prerequisite if the Chrome OS download is not linux-based?
      zdnet-gregc
    • ummm.... No it isn't.

      It isn't layered with Linux, it's running in VMware as a Linux OS.... Big difference. Besides it's not even close to ready for beta testing. It's just a developer's preview.
      awasson@...
  • Will NOT create account (nt)

    nt
    Economister
  • Just install Chrome browser...

    on Ubuntu. The "OS" is nothing more than a browser extension.
    ericesque
    • Not quite...

      I'm not sure how I would describe it but it is more than a Chrome browser extension. For one thing, the Chrome browser runs way faster ;)

      It's more like a Netbook OS that's missing a few icons. It will be interesting to see what it ends up becoming.
      awasson@...
  • Torrent for vmdx file

    TechCrunch how-to install in VirtualBox:

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/11/19/guide-install-google-chrome-os/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

    Torrent:
    http://torrents.thepiratebay.org/5170843/chromeos-image-999.999.32309.211410-a1.vmdk.bz2.5170843.TPB.torrent

    P.S.
    Don't let the url scare you--this is open source Folks and your BitTorrent program should support DHT.

    PirateBay now supports DHT

    Dietrich T. Schmitz
    Linux Advocate
    D T Schmitz
  • RE: Google Chrome OS has arrived as free VMWare download

    It is NOT an operating system as such, It is a browser, with no means of running programs that I can see.
    hwaynew
  • solid-state drive...

    I just read yesterday that ChromeOS will only run on a solid-state drive machine?
    @...
    • solid-state drive...

      "I just read yesterday that ChromeOS will only run on a solid-state drive machine?"

      Ounce u get the ISO it will run in anything.Just like ubuntu does it now.they say u cant install applications,but i`m sure they going to integrate the ubuntu software center to the OS.I see Chrome OS a combination of UBUNTU,Chromium Browser and Intel MOBLIN Linux.
      TheCableGuyNY
  • free?

    According to the "product" page you link to it costs $39. Why would I create an account on some service I've never heard of so I can pay them $39 for an alpha build of an open source operating system I can build myself or download from other people for free? I'm confused.
    cabdriverjim
    • Errr.....

      Ripping people off? VMware's community site tend to carry Vm images. So it should show up there at one point.
      Gis Bun
  • RE: Google Chrome OS has arrived as free VMWare download

    It's not [directly] available for Microsoft's Virtual PC? Shocking! I think Microsoft will ask the EU to start an inquiry. After all that's all the EU likes to do anyways. :-)
    Gis Bun
    • Yeah, too bad MS Virtual PC doesn't support it....

      I tried it in VPC 2007, VBox and VMWare. MS Virtual PC doesn't support much for non-MS operating systems. Real shame.
      awasson@...
  • RE: Google Chrome OS has arrived as free VMWare download

    I downloaded the VMWare disk image
    chrome-os-0.4.22.8-gdgt.vmdk

    and played it with VMWare Player 3.0 on Windows 7.

    There is no "create from disk image" option in Player
    so I had to create a blank "other" machine with no OS
    and Network Adaptor set to Bridged. I named it Chrome
    OS and finished.
    Then I sneakily deleted Chrome OS.vmdk in the new VM
    directory, pasted and renamed the above.vmdk to Chrome
    OS.vmdk, fired up the VM in Player 3.0 and after one
    burp (re-start VM from Disk) got the Chrome OS login.
    Not much there but the Chrome browser and access to
    tools.google.com, which complained about an invalid
    security certificate, but I was able to use Chrome to
    read my email, etc. Yes, someone will put the .iso on
    VMWare's download site eventually and it'll be slick
    as creationn of an Ubuntu VM from its .iso in Player.
    tomsailor@...
  • I will not be Chroming ever...

    If I can't work off-line I can't work at all.
    So no Chroming for me Googs buddy!

    Really stupid idea if you ask me to call it an OS. Just because you king dick in the search engine doesn't mean shit to me and countless others who are intelligent enough not to fall into a trap of virtual slavery of another kind.

    Sure, we need a connection to the net, but what if the stupid line suddenly goes for reasons that are out of your control. You are at the mercy of the elements that are not in your control.

    No line no work done. If you really put your life on a piece of line then God forbid what else befalls you.

    I really hate it. No way!

    But I admire your courage to call it an OS and jump in the ring with the big fellas who've been doing it for far longer. Just maybe if you're a Tyson of the OS world and have been in the game for a long time then perhaps you probably have a little chance of getting Switzerland on your side.

    But, hey , you're the KING of SEARCH and there is no one equal.
    0zcan
  • RE: Google Chrome OS has arrived as free VMWare download

    Downloaded the VMware image, and followed the exact steps. The VM boots but I cannot logon. Get the error "Network not connected and offline login fail".
    youcef.laribi@...
    • That's because your VMware isn't connected to your network...

      Fix your VMWare connection and you'll be good to go.
      awasson@...