Download Google Chrome OS

Mkay, lets keep this simple, I’ve got a compiled and ready to go VMware virtual machine available for download at the following URL:

http://files.cmoullas.net/chrome_os.rar

With that out of the way, I still don’t get it… I wrote what you might call an opinion piece on why Google Chrome OS Will Fail back in July when the OS was announced and after having done a little playing with it, I still don’t understand what all the fuss is about. It’s kind of interesting to have an operating system that logs you on using your Google account straight out of the box, but… It’s a glorified web browser and as expected, the operating system has gone backwards. It does just about nothing that Windows hasn’t been doing since the introduction of group policy and active directory in 2000 (or possibly earlier actually).

What is there to talk about? It’s a web browser in a box, otherwise known as dumbed-down Linux with Google Chrome installed and starting by default. I’m off to see if I can make it do any more tricks than that, but unless somebody who has read my explanation of why it will fail can explain to me how this will displace the OS as we know it, then please be my guest.

And for the record, I’ll take Ubuntu over this any day, and that’s high praise coming form a “Windows guy”!

I’ll leave you with a screenie of the new OS:

Google Chrome OS

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