Google Chrome OS VMware and Parallels 5 virtual machines

I wanted to check out Chrome OS from Google – I’m hoping it’ll be a good choice for a kitchen netbook (a small portable you can use to surf the web, read and print recipes, and sometimes carry to the family room to look up things you see on TV); I don’t have time to build my own image, but I happened to find a VMware image from gdgt, and you can convert VMware images to Parallels using their Transporter tool.

You can find a VMware virtual machine at gdgt (you will need to register to download it). I followed the excellent instructions at Martijn de Visser’s website to create a Parallels 5 VM running Google OS which you can download here (unzip the file and open the Chrome OS.pvm file in Parallels V. 5).

And from my quick testing I’d say Google OS will, once some performance tweaks are done, do a fine job for a kitchen netbook; right now it seems a bit sluggish to me, but its dead simple to use which is perfect for a surf-only computer.


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  1. Mike
    8:04 pm on December 28th, 2009

    Chrome OS is just another rebranded Linux GUI, it would be much better if Google came up with an OS that would directly compete with Windows.


  2. admin
    8:32 pm on December 28th, 2009

    Why bother? Writing an OS is a lot of work and expense – using Linux as a lightweight container for Chrome creates a simple interface for a wireless netbook that could do a lot of things in a small container at a low price; I think instead of competing with Windows Google wants to disrupt their market from the bottom, a classic approach.

    But that’s all just MHO. 🙂

    Thanks! – Bob

  3. Jheany
    7:31 pm on January 8th, 2010

    I have installed Chrome OS on one of my laptops. Well, it feels like Ubuntu GUI the first time i use it. It is pretty much very basic.

  4. Marc Henessy
    4:02 am on February 3rd, 2010

    i installed Chrome OS on two of my netbooks. the Chrome OS works great and its loading time is very fast too.

  5. Mia Johnson
    12:38 am on October 1st, 2010

    Chrome OS is at par with the current GUI release of Linux~”

  6. Eyelet Curtains 
    8:23 am on October 18th, 2010

    Chrome OS is no better than those Linux Gui stuff that you can online.*-

  7. Health and Medicine Forum ·
    12:07 am on November 8th, 2010

    i love the responsivnessand ergonomics of the Chrome OS, i always use it on my desktop pcs `

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