This 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!
- OpenOffice.org 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.