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Virtualised Chrome OS Made Available to All

Gordon Kelly


Virtualised Chrome OS Made Available to All

We have more news about Chrome OS. That should be about as surprising as learning water is wet, but it is rather good news...

For the curious/nosey a version of Chrome OS has been released that any newbie can run on their computer whether they are using Windows, Linux or Mac OS. The heavy lifting has all been done by the clever chaps at gdgt who have compiled all the code allowing it to be run using virtualisation software VMware Player/Fusion or VirtualBox.

Given the Chrome OS is virtualised this means your actual operating system will not be affected. In fact Chrome OS will be run inside it and can be opened or closed just like any other programme. Essentially it should satisfy those dying to have a play with the exciting and opinion dividing platform. Full instructions about how to get up and running are on the gdgt site.

In related and utterly predictable news Mac OS X 10.6.2, ie the latest version of Snow Leopard, which was updated to remove Intel Atom CPU support has already been hacked to have it re-enabled.

Apple's move had angered many of the so-called 'hackintosh' community as it stopped them from porting the platform to netbooks - a popular pastime as the Cupertino giant has yet to provide an entry level laptop to run OS X that doesn't break the bank.

Expect the usual cat and mouse games to now begin with Apple disabling Atom support in its next OS X update and the hackintosh crowd re-enabling it a few days later. Annoying? Probably, not as this is the kind of challenge hackers live for!


via gdgt


November 20, 2009, 5:44 pm

Guess it will be difficult to use any pirated software in Chrome OS...


November 20, 2009, 5:51 pm

What a contrast between the approaches of Google and Apple. However nice Apple's products may be, I will steer clear, at least as long as Apple pursue their thoroughly unpleasant business model. In light of general movement in the industry towards openness, I think Apple are walking a razor's edge if they don't change their ways


November 20, 2009, 7:14 pm

@Kaplan: I think Google's reasons for being open are not entirely altruistic. Much like Microsoft providing Internet Explorer for free, there were strong business reasons for doing so (and in Microsoft's case anti-competitive ones).

Ben 3

November 20, 2009, 7:16 pm

As far as I'm aware the Google OS is only as open as the web apps you can access with it.


November 20, 2009, 7:54 pm

@Kaplan: an interesting viewpoint on Google's motives:


Personally, I'm quite a fan of Google's products and use many of them. I definitely think Chrome OS will have its uses for me and my family, whilst at the same time saving me time and money!

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