Chrome OS 0.4.223 Beta [Unofficial]
Written by Michael Larabel in Google on 28 October 2009 at 11:35 AM EDT. 8 Comments
While Google's Chrome web-browser is not officially available for Linux quite yet, a beta release of the Linux-based Chrome OS is now available (EDIT: see below, it turns out this is an independent spin that is not the proper "Chrome OS"). Uploaded now is Chrome OS 0.4.223 Beta and has made it publicly available for download through this web-page both as an ISO and VMDK/VMX files for VirtualBox and VMware virtualization support. The Chrome OS Beta ISO is a LiveCD, but that mode currently does not work and requires you to use the live installer first to install it to a hard disk.

Chrome OS 0.4.223 Beta is running with a desktop derived from GNOME 2.24, the Google Chrome 4.0.223 web browser, Google Picasa 2.7, 3.0, GIMP 2.6, Flash Player 10.0 support, and other packages. We are in the process of exploring this Chrome OS release and should be back shortly with some screenshots and perhaps a few early benchmarks (assuming we get the Phoronix Test Suite up and running on it) to see how its performance compares to other netbook-optimized distributions.

UPDATE: It turns out that this is not an official build of the Google Chrome OS. This "Chrome OS" build was made using SuSE Studio.

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