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ChromeBook ( Chrome OS ) with a Desktop


Chromebook users who install the latest Dev channel release of Chrome OS will be surprised to notice that Chrome OS looks more like a desktop operating system.

Google has been working on a new window manager called Aura that brings many features of a desktop OS. Chrome OS now has a desktop, a taskbar, apps are placed on the desktop, there's support for wallpapers and overlapping windows.

More info... http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2012/04/dev-channel-update-for-chromebooks.html

Via http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2012/04/new-window-manager-for-chrome-os.html

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Cool.

But if I wanted a Chromebook, I could easily just buy a laptop and install google chrome on it
 
I liked the simplicity it used to have...
 
yeah, not really a fan of the new look.
 
I was almost going to buy a chromebook. But now it tries to become a regular OS ill just get a macbook
 
+Tochi Obudulu No idea if you're simply trying to be funny or just another person ignorant of Chrome OS, but it has security no other operating system can offer. Once more vendors get involved, the devices running it can drop below netbook prices because of competition and the absence of a Windows licence and the hardware is usually nicer than a netbook or cheap laptop.
 
This is intriguing to me - I've a netbook running the ghastly Windows 7 Starter. I tried to jump ship to Jolicloud, but some really embarrassing problems prevented me from making use of it (such as it's strict reluctance to upscale its resolution size for my external monitor). Might this be a solution then? I'd always liked the notion of Chrome OS, but always had concerns as to whether running it would essentially lock me out of my conventional HDD saved media. I'm admittedly ignorant of Chrome OS, so am asking the question here where folks might be able to answer:
Would I be able to install this on my Toshiba NB550D?
And if I did, would I still be able to make use of the 350gb hard-drive I bought it for in the first place? :]
 
+Timothy Fagan Strictly speaking, no.
Though, just as the open source project Google created for Chrome(called Chromium) allows those who want to to install a version of Chrome without the Google branding, Chromium OS is open source and developers have built installable versions of it. It won't perfectly in all cases, but here are a couple of places to start:
http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/ and http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/how-to-install-googles-chrome-os/9006 - the latter link's content is a little dated, but gives a rough idea of what's going on.
 
Thank you :] I'll look into it. I also tried installing ICS on this thing once, but again was defeated by resolution issues. Thus my saga for a lightweight, officially supported, high res Netbook OS continues!
 
Erm, sorry to ask the obvious question, Timothy, but when running Joli OS on your netbook with your external monitor attached, have you tried hitting the dedicated external monitor key on your keyboard? (It's usually on the top row.) Additionally, if you're using VLC Player, switching to full screen mode always fills the available monitor space in Joli when playing vids from USB sticks, external hard drives, etc.
 
Yeas, I did all I could think of :] It upscaled the screen, but left an odd 1cm or so black border around it. If all else fails I might end up back with Joli OS anyway - I've just had a long history of issues with it over 2 different netbooks. I'm exasperated by it really, and am looking for some other solution if it exists haha
 
ChromeOS is based on Ubuntu, whick in my opinion is more powerful.
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May i say it is windows ?
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copied Microsoft. <os war start here>
 
That's great news. I still hope that sometime we can use the Chromebooks without being connected.
 
Being disconnected is useless with any device.
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