Google Chrome OS, the Operating System being currently built by Google for people who would like to work in the cloud has been in the wild as public test builds. It wasn’t isn’t that easy to get Google Chrome OS running on your machine keeping in mind the limited hardware support, and the relative complexity to get it installed.
However if you still want to try out Google Chrome OS, don’t fret Chrome OS Diet is here. The biggest change is the 300 MB download, a far cry from the 8 GB that ‘real’ Chrome OS consumes. The small download size means that Diet Chromium OS much easier to get hold of.
Diet Chrome was built by developer Hexxeh in his free time. What’s even better is that he’s managed to add some more hardware support in his builds, which means the chances of Chrome OS working smooth on your system is even greater.
Here’s how you get Chrome OS Diet up and running on your system. Won’t take much of your time I promise.
- Download the Diet Chrome OS torrent (or alternatively get a direct download mirror from here)
- Download and extract Image Writer for Windows.
- Extract .tar.gz archive using your favorite software.
- Launch Image Writer and write the newly freshly extracted image file (the one with .img extension) onto a 2GB or better USB Pen Drive
- Voila that’s it. Just boot into Chrome OS from your System by restarting.
I tested this on my Dell Inspiron 530s and everything worked perfectly. Chrome OS booted up from the USB drive in like about 6 seconds. There’s isn’t much to play around with at the moment, so I got bored by it pretty fast.
You might want to have a look at Diet Chrome OS FAQ here : http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/faq.html
I am not really sure if Google Chrome OS will manage take off in the real world, because the demand of an always available Internet connection isn’t any bit easy to achieve. Its a long way ahead for Google and its ambitious plans for Chrome OS.
Have you tried out Chrome OS? Tell us about your experiences in the comments.