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Download Chrome OS for Free With VMWare

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Who wants to wait until 2010 to get a look at the Chrome OS?

You've read all about the Chrome OS and are really interested in taking the software for a test drive. Unfortunately, Google is sticking with its vague release date of "before the end of 2010" which means you're not going to get your hands on the operating system anytime soon, right? Wrong. The Chrome OS is available to download right now and with the help of VMWare, you can try the software right now.

When Google announced Chrome yesterday morning the company also released the code for the OS, explaining that development will be done in the open from this week on. The Chromium OS project includes Google's current code base, user interface experiments and some initial designs for ongoing development.

As soon as it was released, GDGT engineer Jon Ursenbach got to work compiling the code, trying to see if he could get an instance of Chromium OS running in a virtual machine. And, lucky for us, he did!

You can download a copy of the virtual machine to use in VMware, VirtualBox, and on a USB drive here (300MB compressed / 700MB uncompressed): http://gdgt.com/google/chrome-os/download/

Exciting stuff. Let us know if you download Chrome OS and how it works out for you.

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    henrystrawn , November 20, 2009 2:42 PM
    You all can have at it. For all of you flocking to social networks and cloud computing, giving up control of you personal info, I wish you the best. Personally I think that a safe amount of paranoia is a good thing. I prefer to keep as much control locally as I can.
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    fuser , November 20, 2009 2:27 PM
    Let's see. I download an OS bundled in a VM that will allow me to ... browse the web. That's exciting ;-)
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    webbwbb , November 20, 2009 1:20 PM
    Getting it now. I will try to post some information later.
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    djcoolmasterx , November 20, 2009 1:34 PM
    Also grabbing a copy.
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    djcoolmasterx , November 20, 2009 1:35 PM
    Great download speed.
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    kyeana , November 20, 2009 2:05 PM
    :D 
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    sunflier , November 20, 2009 2:12 PM
    Quote:
    Download Chrome OS for Free With VMWare


    Of course i'm downloading it via Windows.
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    fuser , November 20, 2009 2:27 PM
    Let's see. I download an OS bundled in a VM that will allow me to ... browse the web. That's exciting ;-)
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    webbwbb , November 20, 2009 2:30 PM
    I'm using virtualbox and so far am unable to get it to work. Last time I tried using VMware it corrupted my OS and caused me too much trouble to be worth it so I am not going to try that again. I'll post later if I am able to figure out anything.
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    henrystrawn , November 20, 2009 2:42 PM
    You all can have at it. For all of you flocking to social networks and cloud computing, giving up control of you personal info, I wish you the best. Personally I think that a safe amount of paranoia is a good thing. I prefer to keep as much control locally as I can.
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    ksenter , November 20, 2009 2:57 PM
    Downloaded the vmware copy (I have vmware workstation), setup a VM, added the vmdk, booted up instantly (literally 1 second or less), logged in using my gmail account and it opens a chrome looking browser that says mail.google.com's security certificate has been revoked.. oh well
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    CoryInJapan , November 20, 2009 3:16 PM
    henrystrawnYou all can have at it. For all of you flocking to social networks and cloud computing, giving up control of you personal info, I wish you the best. Personally I think that a safe amount of paranoia is a good thing. I prefer to keep as much control locally as I can.

    Hmm some one gave you thumbs down...Well I thumbs up to get rid of it because I agree...And think this guy has the right idea.
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    El_Capitan , November 20, 2009 3:22 PM
    cna i run vmware on my laptop? i don't know if chrom will run if it isn't on apple or doe s it stay same?
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    ksenter , November 20, 2009 3:24 PM
    CoryInJapanHmm some one gave you thumbs down...Well I thumbs up to get rid of it because I agree...And think this guy has the right idea.


    I didn't thumb either of you up nor down, but I figured I'd throw my perspective out there anyway... I think Chrome OS would be fine for netbooks, I might even buy a netbook one of these days, but my desktop takes priority. I too love control, and am hesitant to store sensitive data in the cloud. But I CAN see a use for Chrome OS, it'll just never be my main OS, but rather something I'd put on a device I consider more of a toy. I mean as a developer I can't see myself writing code and compiling on Chrome OS for example. But I can see me using it on a device that I carry everywhere to browse the internet when I'm not near a PC, etc... Anyway, it's worth a look in my opinion.
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    ksenter , November 20, 2009 3:28 PM
    El_Capitancna i run vmware on my laptop? i don't know if chrom will run if it isn't on apple or doe s it stay same?


    You can run vmware on pretty much anything I think... I'm running it in linux right now (I mostly use windows OS's, but I happen to be using the linux version of vmware workstation as my host right now). I don't know anything about vmware player, I think it's free though and they should have a windows and linux version (probably works on macs too).
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    itsmarik , November 20, 2009 4:08 PM
    i couldnt get vdi image to work in virtual-box, but vmdk worked fine. it's an interesting concept -- browser as a whole OS. not sure how useful it would be, though. i guess we'll have to wait and see.

    btw, has anyone figured out how to "power-off" the OS, aside from closing the VM?
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    ksenter , November 20, 2009 4:32 PM
    itsmariki couldnt get vdi image to work in virtual-box, but vmdk worked fine. it's an interesting concept -- browser as a whole OS. not sure how useful it would be, though. i guess we'll have to wait and see.btw, has anyone figured out how to "power-off" the OS, aside from closing the VM?


    Nope, let me know if you figure it out...
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    kyeana , November 20, 2009 4:55 PM
    itsmariki couldnt get vdi image to work in virtual-box, but vmdk worked fine. it's an interesting concept -- browser as a whole OS. not sure how useful it would be, though. i guess we'll have to wait and see.btw, has anyone figured out how to "power-off" the OS, aside from closing the VM?


    Apparently the virtual box image isn't working. However, if you download the vmware image you can still use it in virtual box (or at least that's what has been said, I'm download it to test right now).

    Ill post back once it's done downloading
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    ibnsina , November 20, 2009 5:37 PM

    Download the vmdk image it will work on Virtual box, you get very slow response though. We have to wait for the live-cd version I guess.

    Use your Google account to login,If you don’t have one open one here.

    Remember the vmdk is compressed; you can use WinZip, WinAce or WinRAR to uncompressed.

    .........................................................
    It doesn’t seem to work on VMware Player 3 or VM Workstation 7.

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    kyeana , November 20, 2009 5:41 PM
    ^i have it up an running smoothly on virtual box using the vmdk image.
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2009 5:42 PM
    "Browser as an OS" = Windows since Win98. Remember the kerfuffle MS went through about it?
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    itadakimasu , November 20, 2009 6:57 PM
    i dl'd the virtual box version and installed virtual box... im just getting a black screen
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