Chrome OS VMware image pops up on BitTorrent

Eager to try Chrome OS, but don’t feel like going through the trouble of building a usable version of the operating system from the publicly available source code? Well, good news: as TechCrunch reports, a kind soul has gone through the motions and uploaded a convenient VMware image of the OS on BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay.

You don’t even need a copy of VMware to try it; TechCrunch’s article provides instruction for using the image inside Sun’s VirtualBox, which is free to use and available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Simply download the 280MB image, create a new VM, and instead of making a new virtual hard drive, simply load up the .vmdk image file.

Judging by TechCrunch’s screenshots, the current Chrome OS build isn’t quite as polished as that UI concept video we saw yesterday, but it looks and behaves largely the same way—as a giant browser window with some extra, OS-like functionality in the tab bar. Keep in mind the OS is a year away from release, though, so it’s far from complete—TechCrunch says navigating between multiple windows is "difficult (if not impossible)," and you can’t get out of the bookmarks manager unless you make a new bookmark.

Incidentally, since Chrome OS requires you to log in with your Google account, and this VMware image comes from who-knows-where, you might want to follow TechCrunch’s advice and create a throwaway GMail account to use it.

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    • Laykun
    • 10 years ago

    To be honest compiling from source is relatively easy. Just follow the instructions on the google website to the word and it should work just fine. Compilation does take about an hour or more though (I compiled within an ubuntu 9.10 virtual machine)

      • Laykun
      • 10 years ago

      Actually, I have found a way to run google chrome OS without actually installing the BETA OS. Install Chrome Browser on your computer and press F11. Viola, that’s Chrome OS. It’s sorta sad actually.

    • brucect
    • 10 years ago

    is Google packing Chrome OS for their cloud computing?

    • CHECHNYAN
    • 10 years ago

    i feel Google Is scary.
    the more they get out with an idea ,
    the more i Feel the world will be controlled by Skynet,,

      • Dirge
      • 10 years ago

      I used to feel that way about Microsoft and in many ways still do. As for Google, I believe they are another really aggressive company which wishes to play fast and loose with your privacy.

        • shank15217
        • 10 years ago

        Neither of you have any proof of either case, and by the way there are much much larger companies out there than Google and Microsoft in value and in assets.

          • Dirge
          • 10 years ago

          My concerns are based on their questionable EULA and privacy agreements. What evidence do you have to show they are totally benign.

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    q[

      • indeego
      • 10 years ago

      Whyg{

      • Steel
      • 10 years ago

      This OS is designed primarily to run Google apps which need a Google account to use. I don’t really see the issue here.

        • provoko
        • 10 years ago

        People don’t understand the difference between an OS, a browser, an application, and the internet at large.

        People think, OH MY GOD GOOGLE NEEDS MY ACCOUNT TO LOG INTO MY COMPUTER…. but when the browser is the computer… it makes me laugh.

    • stmok
    • 10 years ago

    While I’m weary of Google’s domination as the next person; why are people suddenly trusting of a compiled version from an unknown source?
    (Did anyone note Cyril’s and TechCrunch’s warning on the last paragraph of this article?)

    Seriously folks, don’t use this. You do not know where it comes from or the person who compiled it…And you can’t guarantee its integrity.

    Learn to compile the thing yourself. This guarantees you that its not tainted with something you didn’t ask for.

      • Skrying
      • 10 years ago

      It would be some pretty impressive work to the code in order for this to screw anyone over. It’s stupid to use your normal Google account but besides that… I don’t see much reason for concern. Just create a quick throw away account and test it out.

        • equivicus
        • 10 years ago

        Join a botnet with this super easy VM image. No I don’t know this image does that but could be a consequence of using this image.. and frankly any VM image you download.

    • NeronetFi
    • 10 years ago

    Have to find a trustworth image of this ๐Ÿ™‚ Would be nice to have on a thumb drive

    • d0g_p00p
    • 10 years ago

    FYI, VMWare Player is free.

    • moop2000
    • 10 years ago

    You can get out of the bookmark manager, you just can’t close it. You can hit ALT-TAB to switch from the Bookmark manager back to the browsers. Also, on the Chrome OS website, it specifically says this about running it as a VM

    “Note: The VMWare image may have missing functionality (e.g. no virtual terminal, slow keyboard response, etc). We suggest that developers obtain development hardware”

    I’m running it from a USB stick on a little Acer AspireOne netbook, and its working alright so far.

    • wira020
    • 10 years ago

    With USB3.0 around the corner, i wonder if its a good idea to put Chrome OS into it.. then i can just use it anywhere without much speed reduction… the VMware thingy ( i dont really understand how that works) is only for now right?.. for preview purpose… i mean, we wont have to use it with VMware when its finished i assume…

    By having to sign in to use the OS, I dont see myself doing very very “private” stuffs with it… i hope they scrap it off.. or add an option for “Guess account” or something… kinda creeps me out…

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    Can a VM ware image run in Virtualbox?

      • bthylafh
      • 10 years ago

      Yes. Tell VirtualBox to use an existing disk image when you create the VM, and it should work fine.

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      Comment #7.

        • flip-mode
        • 10 years ago

        Already knew that. Prefer Virtualbox since I already use it for other guests.

    • yuriylsh
    • 10 years ago
      • 5150
      • 10 years ago

      Woohoo, fast link!

      • Swollen_Goat
      • 10 years ago

      bad link ๐Ÿ™

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