Chrome OS beta available for download (not by Google)

imageThis just in via Gizmodo. Chrome OS is now available for download as a Beta version. It isn’t the official Google version, but it’s worth a shot if you’re into Linux, netbooks and Chrome browser. It also provides a lot more desktop apps than expected from the official Google Chrome OS.

Here’s some information from the Chrome OS webpage:

2009-10-21: New Chrome OS 0.4.223 beta is available now!

Chrome OS is a brand new free operating system built around the revolutionary Google Chrome browser.

The project aim is to provide a lightweight Linux distribution for the best web browsing experience.

Featured software in Chrome OS:

  • GNOME 2.24 desktop environment
  • Google Chrome 4.0.223 web browser
  • Google Picasa 2.7 photo manager New!
  • 3.0 office suite
  • GIMP 2.6 image editor
  • Flash Player 10.0 plugin
  • and much more!

System requirements of Chrome OS:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium, Xeon or newer; AMD Duron, Athlon, Sempron, Opteron or newer
  • RAM: min. 256 MB
  • Hard disk: min. 1 GB
  • Graphics card: supports most modern graphics cards


It’s available as a free virtual appliance as well as a live CD image. So, give it a shot while you wait for the real deal to be delivered and let us know how it goes! You can also give these Google Chrome OS alternative operating systems.