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Chromebooks now available for preorder

Chromebooks now available for preorder

Google's Chromebooks are now available for preorder in the US at two major retailers: Amazon and Best Buy. Neither retailer has given a ship date for any of the devices, but Google has previously said June 15, 2011.

Run Chrome OS From a USB Stick or as a Virtual Machine

Chrome OS notebooks from Acer and Samsung are expected to launch next month at $349 and $429, respectively. The fact that you can get a more powerful netbook with Windows 7 pre-installed for roughly the same price, or even less, is already putting some people off.

But that doesn't mean you should disregard Google's operating system without so much as giving it a try, especially since it's available as a free download for you to test on your own hardware. We'll show you how to create a bootable USB flash drive with Chrome OS or run the it using a free virtual machine.