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I fired up VirtualBox and created a new machine. Order cheap avandamet I gave it 1GB of RAM and told VirtualBox we'd be running Debian, order cheap avandamet the distro Chrome OS is based on. Order cheap avandamet I pointed VirtualBox to the image, order cheap avandamet and started the machine.
In Thursday's demo, order cheap avandamet Chrome OS took 7 seconds to boot. Order cheap avandamet Running on my virtual machine, order cheap avandamet it needed just under 18 seconds. Order cheap avandamet Here's the login screen:
In Chrome OS, order cheap avandamet there's no distinction between your local system and the Internet. Order cheap avandamet Chrome OS is essentially Google's web browser Chrome running on a Linux kernel. Order cheap avandamet The applications you're running are all web based and displayed in browser tabs, order cheap avandamet and your data is stored in the cloud. Order cheap avandamet 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. Order cheap avandamet More interesting however is the Chrome OS logo in the upper left corner of the screen. Order cheap avandamet 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, order cheap avandamet which is normally part of Google Apps. Order cheap avandamet I suppose that's why I had to sign in again:
Which took me to the actual applications:
Most of the icons I clicked, order cheap avandamet opened a browser tab to load a familiar website like Gmail, order cheap avandamet Google Calendar or YouTube. Order cheap avandamet Clicking 'Contacts' however opened a 'panel', order cheap avandamet a small overlay that loaded my Google contacts and let me chat with them using Google Talk, order cheap avandamet much the same way Google's IM service works from within Gmail:
I also tried the chess game that Google's Sundar Pichai demoed. Order cheap avandamet It's a Flash game, order cheap avandamet and you can make it run full screen by pressing F11:
Chrome has Flash 10 installed. Order cheap avandamet Running Chrome OS on a virtual machine is very likely the culprit, order cheap avandamet but I found that Flash applications consistently made the system become unresponsive. Order cheap avandamet Both the chess game and my unsuccessful attempts at watching a video on YouTube ended in me rebooting the system. Order cheap avandamet This also happened when I tried to use the Calculator application, order cheap avandamet which just opened an empty panel, order cheap avandamet no Flash involved.
Surfing the Internet, order cheap avandamet I stumbled upon one final interesting bit of information: Chrome's user agent string. Order cheap avandamet Unlike the Chromium build I'm running on my regular Ubuntu desktop, order cheap avandamet it does not identify the OS as Linux, order cheap avandamet but as 'CrOS'.
The issues I encountered most likely were caused by the VM. Order cheap avandamet But instability aside, order cheap avandamet running Chrome OS is, order cheap avandamet frankly, order cheap avandamet not very interesting (yet).
I'm sure that will change after another year(!) of development, order cheap avandamet when netbooks become available that are designed to be used with the OS.
But right now, order cheap avandamet 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, order cheap avandamet though.