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Try Chrome OS (UPDATE: REMOVED)

EDIT: WE NO LONGER HOST A CHROME OS DOWNLOAD. SORRY!

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:
www.virtualbox.org/

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:
www.engadget.com­/2009­/11­/20­/how­-to­-run­-chrome­-os­-a...

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mattthesaint

I have gotten this to run in Fusion.... no luck in VMware Player
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mattthesaint

However VirtualBox works well
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deinfinityx

Will this install on anything other then VMWare or is it just limited to that. I really want to try and load it onto my acer netbook to mess around with since i don't care for jolicloud and my netbook remix is all jacked up.
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dave

It's only for VMware at the moment. Jon is playing around with the raw image to see if it will work in this situation. I know a few other people who are anxious to try it on their netbooks as well.
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deinfinityx

Keep us posted, I have been anxious to try it since it was annouced. I would imagine thought that he is not the only one, but the first i have heard to compile it. Congrats to him.
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shawnI

I plan on trying to get it working on my Eee PC 901 sometime this weekend (Friday or Saturday, most likely). I'll report back with whatever results I come up with.
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mattraisin

You have to install ubuntu and make your own bootable version...its very complicated.
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pastubbs

Though a Google search I found and ISO version which works but you will need an external optical drive until someone creates a USB version.

[edit: doesn't work]

It seems to be down now but maybe it'll come back.
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dave

This is a fake site and was proven a hoax awhile ago:
www.techradar.com­/news­/software­/operating­-systems­/...
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pastubbs

I glad someone caught +1 for community sharing.
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JerryZambrano

This page has now been disabled by Google for "Violation of Terms of Agreement" lol... thanks for the link though. It went down very fast.
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poco153

Sadly, I can't get the thing to work. It took me a while to figure out how to get it to boot from the ChromeOS disk in the latest VMware player (Hint: make a new, blank machine, then add the ChromeOS disk as extra hardware, remove the default blank disk, then change the ChromeOS disk to IDE:0:0).

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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jonursenbach

Try and change your network setting in VMWare to bridged.
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poco153

No such luck. I tried running the vmdk in VirtualBox (a much, much easier setup - I didn't have to fool it it into working this time), but even after trying all 5 of the network cards available, I can't get it to let me log on.

All cases used NAT, and I haven't had any issues with irtualizing other OSs. Running Win7 Pro 64-bit.

Any suggestions?

EDIT: Just saw jonursenbach's post. I'll give that a shot, thanks! THat's what I get for not refreshing >_
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pantages

mine wouldn't connect either, i let it sit a few min and tried again and it worked perfectly
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chreescawks

Looks like we're in the same boat. I'm running 64-bit Windows 7 Professional. :/
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Hak5Darren

I was able to get up and running with VirtualBox with little issue. I'm using the Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop network adapter in Bridged mode.
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ELQ

Thanks for the hint! I never would have gotten this thing running if not for that. Well, sorry to say, not sure how to use it. It's running, but here it just looks like any browser even I could code..
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rzanology

how the hell do i load the file?
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pastorhudson

Yep that worked for me too. Just make sure you select the right adapter to bridge to in the second drop down. So if your on wifi select your wifi adapter.
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arnix

I am running Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate and I was able to make this work using VMWare.
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pastubbs

Are you have any trouble with the mouse not tracking right on Windows 7 64Bit.
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act5312

OMG yes, I've been looking for support everywhere for it. can't find anything.
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albad

What do you mean by not tracking right? You mean in Chrome or W7? I've been getting some annoying mouse lag in W7 64bit
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mbojang

Vmware on Snow Leopard works fine.

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?
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Ezence

Google, being at the forefront of online development are attempting to change the way we use computers.

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!
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pastubbs

I was having trouble with VMWare as well so I tried Virtual Box instead just create a new machine and select the Virtual Hard Disk you downloaded and boom it works networking and the mouse. Heres a pic of Chrome OS running in Virtual box and the setting I used.

twitpic.com­/q7ihc­/full

, as a side note it runs better in Virtual box rather then VMWare on Windows 7 64bit.
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aernouddekker

Using VMWare 3.0. under Snow Leopard it works fine.

Just make sure you select 'Bridge' Networked and deselect 'auto detect'.
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jdprice3

How do you deselect Autodetect? I'm only given options of Autodetect, Ethernet, Ethernet Adaptor, and Airport.

Are there other settings I need to set to get past the Network Not Connected error?
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themadrasi

I have the same problem on Snow Leopard and VM Ware Fusion 3.0
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drummerstp

I'm also having the same problem with VM 3.0 in Snow Leopard.

I don't see how changing the Autodetect setting will fix it. Doesn't that just tell VMWare which NIC to use? i.e. Airport, Ethernet, etc.
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drummerstp

Shutting down the virtual machine and quitting/restarting VMware fixed it for me.

The Autodetect setting works fine btw.
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poco153

No luck with network bridging in either VMware or VirtualBox. I'm getting a "Network not connected and offline login fail" message after I fill in my Google account details. Both VM and VB show the network as connected.
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jonursenbach

Odd. Have you shut off the instance, changed the settings and restarted it? Try cycling VMWare/Virtualbox off and on, and if you've recently installed whichever software you're trying to use try and power cycle your machine.

If after that it still doesn't work, I'm not quite sure what's up. Anybody have any ideas?
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Rekzai

Resetting worked for me.
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chreescawks

Seems like this did the trick, even if I had to reboot 3-4 times and let it sit for a while. Thanks!
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cstcyr

VirtualBox is working for people with other images. I'm assuming that there is nothing special about the gdgt image.
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dave

The only thing special about the gdgt image is that our pipes are faster than bittorrent!
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techshoe

Downloading now! Will report back! Thanks gdgt! You guys rock!
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mattalexander

It runs brilliantly in VMWare Fusion 3:
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yCantelar

i have the network setup as bridged like Dave said to do and i get this message twitpic.com­/q75sd i also tried it as NAT and got the same thing. its a 13inch MBP running fusion 3. any advice? edit: never mind after restarting VMware it works now.
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mattalexander

I set the connection to bridged at the login screen, and all worked fine. The only other settings I have changed are to use two processors and more memory, but I doubt that has much effect on anything.
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sumitrana

Can't get mine to work. Using Fusion 2.0.6. Same "Network not connected and offline login fail" message. I have switched the network to Bridge mode and restarted the OS as well as VMWare. No luck :(, help!
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sharp65

I'm getting the same thing, tried setting it to bridged but it wont connect.
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jmdecombe

Yep, works great for me in Fusion 3.0. Network works either in bridge or NAT (default) mode. The whole thing is fairly slow, but it is fun to be able to play with it. I create the virtual machine as Other 64-bit. Can anyone confirm that it was the right choice?
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jmdecombe

Also, another thing is that the pointer stays within the bounds of the window. I have to use Command-Q to be able to leave that area. Is there a trick that I should know?
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dave

If you're using VMware Fusion, you can hit Control-Command to escape the pointer from the virtual machine.
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jmdecombe

Doh! I suspected something like thst but that is one of the few combos I did not try. Thanks!
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mboylan

Working great for me, too. However, I can't seem to add any more apps, nor can I get it to shut down from within the OS. I have to use VMWare to shut it down. Any ideas?
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