Abana In Us
Abana In Us
Last Thursday, abana in us Google offered the world a first peek at its upcoming new operating system Chrome OS (Dutch, abana in us English). Abana in us Perhaps more importantly, abana in us it released the code as open source. Abana in us Even though Chrome OS is not expected to hit the market for another year, abana in us within hours someone had built an image that you can run on VMWare or VirtualBox. Abana in us The image is widely available through p2p-networks, abana in us so I decided to give it a spin.
(Of course, abana in us since it's a precompiled image, abana in us it's impossible to tell whether it has been tampered with. Abana in us Some malicious hacker may have slipped in a key logger or whatnot. Abana in us Chrome OS requires you to log in using your Google credentials, abana in us so you may want to create a new account to make sure your real account stays safe. Abana in us That's what I did, abana in us anyway.)
I fired up VirtualBox and created a new machine. Abana in us I gave it 1GB of RAM and told VirtualBox we'd be running Debian, abana in us the distro Chrome OS is based on. Abana in us I pointed VirtualBox to the image, abana in us and started the machine.
In Thursday's demo, abana in us Chrome OS took 7 seconds to boot. Abana in us Running on my virtual machine, abana in us it needed just under 18 seconds. Abana in us Here's the login screen:
In Chrome OS, abana in us there's no distinction between your local system and the Internet. Abana in us Chrome OS is essentially Google's web browser Chrome running on a Linux kernel. Abana in us The applications you're running are all web based and displayed in browser tabs, abana in us and your data is stored in the cloud. Abana in us So I logged in using the Google account I just created.
That took me to a Chrome web browser tab that loaded my pristine Gmail inbox. Abana in us More interesting however is the Chrome OS logo in the upper left corner of the screen. Abana in us It's the tab that gives you access to other web applications Google has
preinstalled on your system preselected for use in the Chrome OS cloud.
These applications are apparently put on a web page using Google's Short Links service, abana in us which is normally part of Google Apps. Abana in us I suppose that's why I had to sign in again:
Which took me to the actual applications:
Most of the icons I clicked, abana in us opened a browser tab to load a familiar website like Gmail, abana in us Google Calendar or YouTube. Abana in us Clicking 'Contacts' however opened a 'panel', abana in us a small overlay that loaded my Google contacts and let me chat with them using Google Talk, abana in us much the same way Google's IM service works from within Gmail:
I also tried the chess game that Google's Sundar Pichai demoed. Abana in us It's a Flash game, abana in us and you can make it run full screen by pressing F11:
Chrome has Flash 10 installed. Abana in us Running Chrome OS on a virtual machine is very likely the culprit, abana in us but I found that Flash applications consistently made the system become unresponsive. Abana in us Both the chess game and my unsuccessful attempts at watching a video on YouTube ended in me rebooting the system. Abana in us This also happened when I tried to use the Calculator application, abana in us which just opened an empty panel, abana in us no Flash involved.
Surfing the Internet, abana in us I stumbled upon one final interesting bit of information: Chrome's user agent string. Abana in us Unlike the Chromium build I'm running on my regular Ubuntu desktop, abana in us it does not identify the OS as Linux, abana in us but as 'CrOS'.
The issues I encountered most likely were caused by the VM. Abana in us But instability aside, abana in us running Chrome OS is, abana in us frankly, abana in us not very interesting (yet).
I'm sure that will change after another year(!) of development, abana in us when netbooks become available that are designed to be used with the OS.
But right now, abana in us Chrome OS is basically I geeky way to run the Chrome browser and use the web applications you're already familiar with.
The user agent string is cool, abana in us though.