A quick look into Chrome/Chromium OS

After the first unsuccessful try with Android (jk), Google strikes again on OS market with Chrome OS. Actually this is kinda Google’s first attempt on OS market, considering that Android is not a genuine Google product. Google acquired Android from Android Inc in 2005.

Google’s dream apart from “try to take over the world”, is a future that everything will be on the Cloud, and everything will be a accessible through a browser (hopefully Chrome browser, but this ain’t really matters a lot) . While I am someone that uses web-services as much as possible, I am a bit skeptical about this approach, if that turns out to be my only option.

At the begining (November 2009) Chrome OS was just a full screen Chrome browser on the top of linux kernel, and that wasn’t much exciting. On April 10, 2012, a new build of Chrome OS offered a choice between the original full-screen window interface and overlapping, re-sizable windows, such as found on most typical OS interfaces.

The login screen is quite simple, you login with your G account and you have some typical options like choosing network, adjusting brightness, add a new user etc.. Of course Chrome browser synchronize your Apps, Extensions and Bookmarks.

After login, things go wild, you have these 4 buttons on the bottom left side and one on the bottom right side!! Pressing the first 3 buttons exciting things happening, they all open a Chrome browser (pff)…

1st one opens an empty Chrome that you can see your bookmarks
2nd one opens your gmail and
3rd one opens google.com

The 4th button opens your Apps manager, and that looks a bit like GNOME’s. Angry Bird wasn’t there by default, I installed it. What was there by default, was the Jolicloud App that it is a nice feature. If you haven’t a Jolicloud account, I reckon to sign up for it, it’s cool !!

You also have a file manager that is chrome-based. You can download files, create folders and organize a basic structure of your files/folders. It is not as flexible and convenient as a normal file manager, but at least it exists.

You can listen your audio files and watch your video and image files, with the embedded Chrome media player. Also you can edit your documents even if you are offline, and they will be synchronized automatically when you connect to a network.

Last button is the one on the right bottom of the screen, and this is where you adjust your settiings.

Well these are all the settings you’ve got, plus the typical settings that Chrome browser has.

You can set a background from the existed wallpapers but I don’t know if you can add your own. I guess somehow you can :)

Chromium OS is up to date!! This is actually the best feature of Chrome OS. It gets silently updated and it just works. No failures, no incompatibility issues. All people have the same, latest version. That’s because Chrome OS is builded for specific hardware only.

This is how Chrome OS handles open applications. This is totally Windows 7 switching-app style, with the only difference that in Chrome OS, Apps always are Chrome Apps :)

To be honest I am really disappointed with what I saw. Come on is freaking Google… They should had done better… And there is that gossip that Chrome and Android at some point will be merged to Chroid or something. Imagine that, a Browser with Java Applets :)
Well, I vote for the traditional Linux Desktop !!
You can learn more at official Chromium page, and you can try Chrome OS on a vbox by obtaining an image from Hexxen. If you feel that you wanna bye one, just visit Chromebook store.

  • Bmoez J

    i want a good presentation of the new WM of chromeOS (a video) to presented to some  new linux users Do you know a link for a good video, please ? :)

  • http://opinadorcompulsivo.blogspot.com Miquel Mayol i Tur

    A cheap intel/AMD laptop with ubuntu with lowlatency kernel installed  will be much better and cheaper than any chromebook.


    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.2.0-23-lowlatency
    sudo apt-get install linux-lowlatency
    sudo update-grub

    When I tested Chromium OS, it was a custom SUSE built, with the terminal you can install yum and open source apps, as I am not going to buy a Chromebook, I want to know if you can install LibreOffice VLC, Qbittorrent or any other GNU program.

    Or Google uses the linux Kernel to make an HTML enviroment Linux kernel +HTML, and a Java environment Linux kernel +Dalvik, then I vote for GNU/lLnux with a future Android Comaptibility layer for some gaming instead of HTML/Linux and pseudo JAVA-Dalvik/Linux.

    I do not see why a cheap desktop computer with Linux and Chrome is not better, and GNU/Linux has 64bit kernels.

  • Karsten Wöbber

    well… they just can do it to develop their os and browser at the same time, with a lot of bugtesters available. nothing of that stuff is really exiting, but a linux-kernel, with all it’s possibilities (like.. everything?!) as the foundation to a new approach to sell chromebooks instead of macbooks. 
    never forget: all this normal applications, like a text procesor, etc, they already have. 
    appstore for all products [chrome, android, chromium os]: check.
    sync for all stuff via bookmarks and google drive: check. 
    connection to all these open tools for linux, via “apt-get” or whatever they want to use: currently in developement. 
    and then, it’s getting interesting. now it’s just a mere open beta. 

  • Sharmasarthak1993

    which site is download google cromium os

  • Alexis Diavatis

    Its been said at the end of the post :)

  • Bchakanyuka

    this os has the potential to be great but it lacks SO MUCH. its like a glorified browser at the moment