Boot Chrome OS from a USB drive

By Jos ยท 53 replies
Nov 25, 2009
  1. You don't have to wait until sometime in 2010 to try Google's web-centric operating system on your netbook. Since its unveiling to the world a few days ago people have been eager to know how well it performs -- even at this early stage -- and with the source code available online details on how to set up and run a virtual machine version were quick to emerge.

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  2. fwilliams

    fwilliams TS Rookie Posts: 99

    I hope someone comes out with a 3D FPS. Hopefully a variation of Robin Hood.
  3. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    I really hope that Chrome OS does well, one day maybe it will be suitable to replace windows on more than just netbooks. That 22 second load time is probably dependent on the USB drive being used too.
  4. yangly18

    yangly18 TS Rookie Posts: 217

    well just load that on a USB 3 and you're all set
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Mmm good for on the go e-mail with dual-booting, will check and give some feedback.
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,667   +1,101

    since it is based on linux i doesn't come as a surprise that they were able to put it on a thumb drive. Lately i've been playing around with bootable thumb drives. A few days ago i made one with windows xp setup on it. very useful when you need to install windows on a netbook (or you simply just don't have a working CD-ROM).
  7. Its asking me for my gmail user name and password at the main login screen when i try to boot.
  8. codefeenix

    codefeenix TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I am not going to enter my gmail uname/pword into something not prepared by someone i trust.
  9. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    What sort of an OS is this exactly? Is it only for web related stuff or could someone install a photo edition program, word processor, etc.?
  10. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    I personally love google android but idk about this os it seems like it would be nice for a netbook which with limited space and no cd drive would help a lot still i have to question the reasons why google wants to bring this os out. dont get me wrong if they get this thing going and it can compete with windows then im all for it.
  11. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    I share the same concerns of other comments...Though it seems like an awesome idea
  12. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Sounds cool. Might wait for a bit though.
  13. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    I wish the download was not a torrent, as I've had bad experiences with them in the past. I've used Chrome OS on a virtual machine, but the performance was very poor, so I would really like to try it out natively on my netbook.
  14. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    Technochicken, I am glad they released it as a torrent, it means that if loads of people trys downloading at same time, the servers won't crash/ people get uber slow download speeds.

    Now Seed away peeps!
  15. ColdPreacher

    ColdPreacher TS Rookie Posts: 56

    Nice to see another OS being able to boot up from USB. I like the fact that you can carry a Os around that you are use to and run it on any PC that supports USB boot up.
  16. AtomicPlayboy

    AtomicPlayboy TS Rookie

    Chrome OS is definitely NOT for me, but I can see myself getting all of my relatives (to whom I provide endless tech support) using it on their laptops as soon as possible.
  17. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412 to find them USB drives.
  18. redtigerdragon

    redtigerdragon TS Rookie

    I don't think testing it now is such a great idea. From the sounds of it, when it does release it will only release on certain hardware, and be very cloud-limited...
  19. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    That's exactly what I said today!
    my post was like "it would be perfect if I could run it off a usb stick"! lol
    I'm definitely trying this out on the eeepc, it makes surfing much faster than XP i would imagine
  20. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    Really? This is awesome news :D wow, I told myself, the GoogleOS is going places.
  21. Fada

    Fada TS Rookie Posts: 34

    i cant really see this taking off at all, its only use that i can see is on mobile platforms like iphones, but they already have android for that so...?
  22. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    Im sure google has there reasons but i think if your just going to surf the net and do simple tasks this would be great for portable devices and the like.
  23. drasho

    drasho TS Enthusiast Posts: 62

    im not sure if this os will take alot of the share but it a nice start for peolple that just feel like surfing the web =)
  24. harby

    harby TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    Well, I'm not exactly impressed. I'd hardly call it an operating system at this point. But who knoes how it will evolve, lets wait and see.
  25. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    I don't really know what to think about Chrome. There are lots of separate Operating Systems that have had minor success, but those have mostly been freeware such as Ubuntu Linux and whatnot. I don't really see how Chrome would bring very much that's "new" to the table when Windows 7 is already grabbing hold so darn well.
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