I was a fan of the netbooks because they were inexpensive, small, booted quickly (well, before Microsoft got involved that is), and had great battery life. The low-end line of chromebooks maintain these features, with the added benefit of being powered by Google’s awesome operating system, Chrome OS (which is built on the foundation of the awesome and excellent and open source Linux/GNU parts called Chromium OS).
I just installed it in a virtual machine, and I’m impressed with the way it works. Of course it integrates with everything google, just like the android mobile devices. Here is a quick rundown (notes) of how to get Chrome OS (not just Chromium OS) working on a VM:
- Download ChromiumOS image: cr-48-ubuntu.googlecode.com/files/cros-vm.tar.bz2 and open in VMware Workstation (or player). Boot VM.
- Switch to terminal mode (CTRL+ALT+SPACE release SPACE +F2) if VM Hotkey set to CTRL+ALT)
- Login as user chronos password chronos
$> sudo touch /mnt/stateful_partition/.developer_mode
$> wget http://goo.gl/4suhf; sudo bash 4suhf
- reboot using power cycle in VM
- Change screen resolution: Press Control+Option+T (Control+Alt+T) for terminal:
$> /usr/bin/xrandr --size 1280x720
disclaimer: I am a Google fanboy