Google has finally released an early version of its new open source operating system Chrome OS. This is a step-by-step guide to running it within Sun VirtualBox, a multi-platform, free virtualization software, making your pleasure all-free! There will be a video version of this how-to as well, so check back for updates.
1. Download components
You need to download two components:
- Sun Virtual Box, a free virtualization software for Windows, OS X, Linux or Solaris.
- A Chrome OS image.
2. Install VirtualBox
Double-click the downloaded setup file and follow the on-screen setup process. Make sure all downloads are complete before install, because it will disconnect you from all networks during setup.
3. Decompress the image file
After finishing the download you’ll notice that the image file is in a BZip2-compressed format. Unzip the file using freeware like e.g. 7-Zip.
4. Setup your Chrome OS machine in VirtualBox
- Start VirtualBox
- Click New to add a new virtual machine.
- Choose a name for your machine and select Linux as operating system and Ubuntu as version.
- Set the memory size of your virtual machine to 1024 MB as that is the most common memory size for real netbooks.
- Select to use an existing hard disk and click the folder icon on the right to open the Virtual Media Manager.
- Click Add and select the uncompressed Chrome OS image file you downloaded. Then highlight it by a left-click and hit Select.
- You successfully set up your Chrome OS virtual machine. Now run it by clicking Start.
- After few seconds you’ll see a login screen.
Enjoy your fresh install of Chrome OS and check ChromeOS-Blog.com for any updates.
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