Run Google Chrome OS within Mac OS X
The last few days the tech world has been blazing about Google’s latest creation, Chrome OS, which is a lightweight and free Linux-based operating system intended to run on Netbooks and, eventually, Desktops. It’s basically just the Chrome web browser with some other features unique to the OS itself, which makes it very fast and able to run without much of a strain on hardware.
OK so talk is all fine and dandy, but how about we run this thing within Mac OS X! It’s actually pretty easy to do, you’ll just need to download the Chrome OS image (via torrent) as well as the free virtual machine software known as VirtualBox. The torrent is provided by PirateBay and has tons of seeders so you should be able to pick up the image file very quickly, again the OS is free so there’s no piracy issues here.
If you’re familiar with running VM’s, you likely won’t need a walkthrough guide, you just select the image and boot it. If you’re new to virtual machines or would just like a little more guidance, TechCrunch posted a great and easy to follow walkthrough on installing Google Chrome OS within VirtualBox on top of Windows, Linux, and of course Mac OS X (the walkthrough uses Mac OS X screenshots, like the one below).
I ran Chrome OS for about two minutes and got bored, it’s basically just a web browser running in a VM. It’s obviously still under development and has work to be done before it is a really usable operating system, but with how easy it is to install in a virtual machine it’s a fun way to geek out and try something new. At the very least I think it’s a glimpse into the future of OS’s, with more and more of our lives and data being found, shared, and accessed online.