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Boot Chrome OS from a USB drive

By Jos
Nov 25, 2009
  1. Rapidhic

    Rapidhic TS Rookie Posts: 24

    I was really been looking forward this ver. of ChromeOs. Its supposed to be an os only for basic internet needs and messaging. Lite 'n Simple :p
     
  2. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    I really hope chrome os could compete with windows, but sadly it's unlikely to happen.
     
  3. Why wait for Chrome OS? Just try one of the many Linux distros. Ubuntu is really nice and ready to go right now.
     
  4. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Maniac Posts: 579

    Downloading now, I'm interested in giving it a try just for interests sake. Only thing that concerns me slightly is the reported lack of Driver support.
     
  5. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    or netbooks, wouldn't it be still faster to use the instant-on Linux? Ive heard that you could be up and running in 5 seconds.
     
  6. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Rookie Posts: 90

    not sure if i'm crazy about the cloud computing yet. having my applications and information stored and accessible through a server that isnt physically in front of me isn't my idea of secure.
     
  7. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 911   +22

    Tried it and I think it works well. Better than the virtual machine version mentioned last weekend on Techspot as this one doesn't crash at all and has sound. It also has more applications. Ironically, Google's YouTube videos display choppily, but the sound works. Who needs to store music on the hard drive when you can get all of it from YouTube or imeem in the cloud? No more lost songs/pictures from crashed hard drives. No worry about backup. No time consuming scanning (a week on a full 3 terabyte drive?--ridiculous). No viruses or drive by poisoned downloads. My internet connection has only been down twice in the last 5 years. Hail to cloud computing!
     
  8. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Guru Posts: 686   +47

    Nice! I wanna try this out on my older laptop and see how it is, although i might wait till it has wi-fi support just so I can fully give it my impressions.
     
  9. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    Was that random or what?
     
  10. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Enthusiast Posts: 239   +11

    I seriously don't understand the appeal of any of the freeware Operating Systems. I mean...seriously? Ubuntu and Linux practically have you reconstructing your machine every time a new revision comes out. That's an intense amount of hassle for just maintaining an operating system. Windows and Mac just apply the patches without screwing with your whole install. Where are the benefits? Maybe certain functions are slightly faster. But you get only the basics. To top that off, and talk about ironic, you have to install an XP environment or something if you want to play any games at all. If you fully intend to just use these Operating Systems for office applications and the internet...feel free. I wouldn't touch them with a 10 yard pole until they offered support for Windows and Mac based games. Even SOLITAIRE would be good to have on a Linux machine.
     
  11. danteoz

    danteoz TS Rookie Posts: 41

    could be fun to try it out and see how well it work on my acer aspire one
     
     
  12. GACrabill

    GACrabill TS Rookie Posts: 47

    I would love to have an OS on a USB stick in my pocket. That's the perfect solution for trying to fix someone else's dorked up PC that won't boot into Windows. As long as it can access and change the C drive without adding stuff to it, then it would come in very handy at times. But I don't see anyone I know wanting to convert to a different OS ..... heck, most of them are frustrated every time the look of IE changes!
     
  13. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    I've had a look at this OS and it is just simply a chrome browser. I know its only the first release but I couldn't do anything. There are no settings for the computer which i could find and there is no shutdown button! It will be good for Netbooks but I don't think i will be using it as my main operating system!
     
  14. guyfred26

    guyfred26 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Having another OS on the market will force the existing OS makers to cut down prices. These will be a price war and also performance war of OS. Its only on its initial stage so expect many bugs and patches to come. Hope this will compete with Windows 7.
     
  15. Doctor_hv

    Doctor_hv TS Rookie Posts: 81

    does it have drivers for ethernet cards? I mean, what's the purpose of web based OS if you cannot access web.
     
  16. Inioch

    Inioch TS Rookie

    We'll just have to see, how goo Chrome OS is in real usage. I mean, can you do all the things that you want to do with a laptop or netbook eg. video, surfing, storage, light office tasks etc.
     
  17. yorro

    yorro TS Enthusiast Posts: 246

    I've installed this on my VMware, performance was bad. Hopefully loading on a USB with the performance as they say it is, I might give this a try.
     
  18. ajickes

    ajickes TS Rookie

    Wow, looking forward to trying this out on my netbook. I hope it'll work smoothly.
     
  19. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 84

    Still, I would just boot it in Vmware - a lot easier and no need to reboot my PC.

    Plus, you can use VMware Player, which is free so you don't have to pay anything
     
  20. this software is a peice of crap... i want nothing to do with the cloud i want all my files local! sorry google
     
  21. timljh

    timljh TS Rookie Posts: 33

    Google just made the linux distro more colorful but they thought of why linux still fails to get the majority. They even made the OS with less functionality =-='' Maybe a handful of people out there plan to use their computer to surf net alone will try it, I will rather stick to any main linux distro instead.
     
  22. Flannelwarrior

    Flannelwarrior TS Rookie Posts: 149

    Don't forget guys, Google has tons of utilities online. This replaces the need for things like Word or Excel to be accessable, when you can open and edit MS office documents online. Remember that Google has web based storage options in Google Docs. This would be great to carry around, boot from real quick on any PC, and then access your regular documents from your Google account once you've connected to the internet. I'm no pro in Google Docs (in fact I hardly use it), but obviously online storage and management is the way Google is pushing, and they're utilizing Chrome OS to set this trend in motion.

    Google already stated they have no plans to make Chrome OS a replacement for Windows OS's - they intend to keep it a lite web based portable OS for netbooks, laptops - and something you can pop on a USB drive and take with you anywhere

    Chrome OS could rapidly become the BEST way to sync and store your files over all your devices.

    Has Google ever let us down before? Have a little trust.
     
  23. holyPaladin

    holyPaladin TS Rookie

    Hmm interesting maybe Google can become Microsoft rival in future ...
     
  24. Concorde

    Concorde TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Anything that makes others look over the fence (as the saying goes) must be good for all, cannot wait for a fast startup computer with just the basic needs of many, ie searching the Web for information ,and e-mail to spread this information. Go for it Google.
     
  25. jerry53

    jerry53 TS Rookie Posts: 27

    google is living the linux life, i hope it brings more functionality and user friendliness to linux to make it the best third choice alternative.
     
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