Google’s Chrome OS Leak


Earlier this week, a link appeared on Google’s Chromium page to a folder simply labelled “chromeos” and from there you might well guess that people fairly quickly learned how to get what was in that folder working for themselves.

Strangely, it looks a lot like themed version of Chrome

Strangely, it looks a lot like themed version of Chrome

As well you might imagine, it’s not nearly complete, but the folks over at TechCrunch are reporting that one of their readers has been kind enough to make the whole thing available for download. Interestingly enough, given our previous article about what kind of content sites like Rapidshare and MegaUpload tend to see, it’s been made available through Rapidshare too. For now, it’s only really useful for the Linux bound among you, but it’s still worth a look. It seems to be a kind of browser-based OS, which is interesting, if not unexpected.

Moreover, you can check out the blog of the man responsible for getting the whole thing working over at LivinginaGoogleWorld, where he seems fairly nervous about the whole business to say the least. Immediately after linking to the build of Chrome OS (which seems to have been made available accidentally), he writes,

“I was a bit nervous about posting this, since it’s something Google doesn’t seems to want people to see, but… if there are any issues, I’ll take it down. If not, it’ll stay.”

As the man himself says, this is clearly an early build, it crashes and likely does all kinds of funny and unexpected things, but it also gives us a snapshot of how Google’s upcoming entry to the OS market looks, something the folks over at Microsoft are likely very interested to check out.

If nothing else, this could be, like the Google Android Live CD, a very interesting way to spend an afternoon; tinkering with a new OS is always fun, but when it’s got that “forbidden fruit” angle it’s even more worthwhile.


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3 Responses to “Google’s Chrome OS Leak”

  1. Wizartar Says:

    I smell fake

    • komplettie Says:

      It’s from Google’s own Chromium page, which is where dev builds of the browser normally go up. I’m normally fairly skeptical, but there’s enough of this going around (and enough people having checked it out) that I’m leaning towards believing it far more than with any of the other “leaked shots” of Chrome OS 🙂



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