Try Chrome OS (UPDATE: REMOVED)
After Google announced the availability of the Chrome OS / Chromium OS source code, one of our engineers (Jon Ursenbach), immediately got to work on compiling the code, trying to see if he could get an instance of Chromium OS running in a virtual machine. He was finally able to do it!
Helpful tips, if you download it:
1.) To use the vmdk file, open VMware and create a new virtual machine. One of the options will be to use an "existing virtual disk." (In VMware Fusion, this is the last option below, "use operating system disk" and "use OS disc image file.")
2.) Make sure your VM is set to use bridged networking, rather than NAT.
2.) The username and password to login to Chrome OS / Chromium OS is your google account!
Alternatively, if you don't have VMware, some users have had luck getting this image to run using VirtualBox, which is a free cross-platform (Windows / Mac / Linux) virtual machine created by Sun Microsystem. You can download VirtualBox here:
Anyway, get downloading and try out Chrome OS! And definitely share your impressions.
Update: we now have downloads for VMWare, VirtualBox, and USB-install! (Watch out for the USB one, you need Linux and it's a bit tricky.) Stay tuned for more details, but share your tips, tricks, and notes!
Update 2: Paul Miller from Engadget made a video walk-thru:
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I'm now at the logon screen, but Chrome can't see any network connectivity. A quick Google suggests that VMware player has all kinds of network issues with 64-bit OS hosts.
I'm now on a quest to see if I can get it to work in VirtualBox, whose networking I have tested and know works. Wish me luck!
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All cases used NAT, and I haven't had any issues with irtualizing other OSs. Running Win7 Pro 64-bit.
EDIT: Just saw jonursenbach's post. I'll give that a shot, thanks! THat's what I get for not refreshing >_
It didnt work in the beginning but i clicked to disconnect the bridged network adapter and then reconnected and was able to logon fine with my google logon id.
I have had a bit of a play about and well......I dont get it??
Its just a browser? And google apps, gmail etc in a browser.
Is this it? Is this what all the chat is about? Sorry I dont get it, I have LOTS of choice for browsers and OS's.
So I dont understand why I would only want a browser based OS.
Or maybe I just dont get it.
Anyone willing to enlighten me in a constructive way?
What with cloud computing on the rise GoogleOS will take advantage of "anything, anywhere", rather then having an Operating System with static applications and documents.
The idea is you can access all your data from any location using "cloud" applications. Admittedly, certain applications such as Games aren't quite ready to go into the "cloud" but this is the early stages of things to come.
I welcome GoogleOS for what it can achieve, but until applications such as Games can be distributed on this platform I personally will stick with the more robust OS'.
Hope that helps clear up your confusion!
, as a side note it runs better in Virtual box rather then VMWare on Windows 7 64bit.
If after that it still doesn't work, I'm not quite sure what's up. Anybody have any ideas?