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Run OS X, Linux or Windows on Chrome Notebook

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The little notebook that (kind of) could.

There aren't many Chrome notebooks out there. Google has been sending a select few out to developers and those who signed up for its pilot program, but you can’t buy them at retail stores. Unless you count yourself among the lucky few that got a Cr-48, or work for a tech blog and were sent a review unit, it’s kind of hard to get your hands on one. Still, if you’ve read reviews or had a chance to play with one, you’ll know that Chrome OS is all web-based and completely different to the desktop experience we’re used to.

However, if you’ve do have one of the Cr-48 notebooks and are desperate to run a more full-featured OS, then you’ll be pleased to know that not only is it possible, but you have a choice of Linux, OS X, or Windows 7. Last month we wrote about Ubuntu on the Cr-48, and as of this past week, both OS X and Windows have successfully been installed on a Googlebook.

YouTube user Damis648 has managed to install the two OSes on his Cr-48, though he admits that both run a little slower than he'd like. Considering this puppy is packing an Atom processor with GMA 3150 graphics, it's not surprising to hear it struggles just a tad with OSes heavier than the light-weight Chrome OS from Google. That said, if you can't rest until your Cr-48 is packing Windows 7, check out Damis648's videos below or hit up his guide on the InsanelyMac forums for more info on how to do it yourself.

Cr-48 Running Snow Leopard


Cr-48 Running Windows 7

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    elcentral , January 3, 2011 11:26 PM
    hackers are the way of the future. altho why wuld you like to do this are the google netbock realy cheap to get ?
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    Doomsy2006 , January 3, 2011 11:57 PM
    elcentralhackers are the way of the future. altho why wuld you like to do this are the google netbock realy cheap to get ?



    If you sign up for the pilot program they are FREE! So ya I'd call that cheap.
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    Doomsy2006 , January 3, 2011 11:58 PM
    but that is if you get sent one. Not everyone that signs up gets a Googlebook.
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2011 12:00 AM
    WHY?....... Because it is there.........
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    BWMerlin , January 4, 2011 12:43 AM
    Someone really needs to re-read that article and fix up all the spelling and gramma mistakes.
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    christop , January 4, 2011 1:02 AM
    I'm not surprised you can run win7 or osx on it.
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    WarraWarra , January 4, 2011 4:46 AM
    LOL if only it was OSX on your mobile phone as insane as that sounds, who in their right mind would still want to use OSX on anything.
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    husker , January 4, 2011 3:58 PM
    BWMerlinSomeone really needs to re-read that article and fix up all the spelling and gramma mistakes.

    Agreed. My gramma never makes mistakes, especially when she makes her chocolate chip cookies.
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    techguy378 , January 4, 2011 5:55 PM
    Is there any space left for applications? In Windows those things still run on your computer, not the cloud. Besides, nobody like a slow, sluggish feeling laptop except those people that think you can run Windows XP, MS Office, antivirus software and VoIP on a P4-based Celeron with 512MB of RAM. G-d lk w ths ph cls w VoIP.
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    Anonymous , January 5, 2011 12:33 AM
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    LOL if only it was OSX on your mobile phone as insane as that sounds, who in their right mind would still want to use OSX on anything.


    Lets think:
    Video Designers/Photo Editors etc. - Check.
    Governments - Check, US Gov just bought a bunch.
    Companies - Check.
    Education - Check.
    Gamers - Not so much.

    4/5 looks pretty good to me.
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    quotas47 , January 5, 2011 1:29 PM
    Quote:
    Lets think:
    Video Designers/Photo Editors etc. - Check.
    Governments - Check, US Gov just bought a bunch.
    Companies - Check.
    Education - Check.
    Gamers - Not so much.

    4/5 looks pretty good to me.

    More like 2/5, if I give you government (all 50 states and federal too?). You see the price conscious private sector not rolling out OSX powered machines for their rank and file, unlike the "government." Man, that'd be a cool movie. Imagine Hunt for Red October having the sonar being auto-tuned on the G5 and the comms station.
    Education:
    I'll give you this one, but mostly for the 'intellectuals.'
    By that I mean you only have to go online and type.(and is that really a computer anymore?)
    So yeah, if you're teaching with wikipedia. Should you actually want to use the software that links the graphic calculators for chemistry, physics, and mathematics uses, no.
    Companies? - Maybe.
    Company IT Team? - Not so much

    Company using the average of 20 different software programs per workstation, +/- 5 depending on department within company: Never.

    Retail and Consumer services: No (Especially not for PoS, but Apple store does this, so I know it's possible...)
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    douglasdarden , January 18, 2011 5:14 AM
    So he was right. I would run OSX on the notebook.