Weekend tech reading: How to run Chrome OS as a virtual machine

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Matthew DeCarlo

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How-to: run Chrome OS as a virtual machine Itching for some Chrome OS? Well, we all are, but you might be a bit disappointed at the fact that while Google has open-sourced its progress on the OS so far, the version that is currently available for download seems eons behind what Google showed off at its event yesterday. Still, if you just have to see it for yourself, the good news is that it's a total breeze to get a virtual machine running. Engadget

Fusion-io achieves one terabyte per second sustained bandwidth Fusion-io announced that it will deploy custom installations based on its ioMemory technology at two presently undisclosed government organizations. Each deployment consists of hundreds of terabytes of solid-state storage capacity and is capable of sustaining over one terabyte per second (1TB/s) of aggregate bandwidth with access latencies under 50 microseconds. Fusion-io

Bring: Google's OSes likely to converge Google's dual-pronged operating-system strategy will likely produce a single OS down the road, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Many Google observers were puzzled when the company announced plans for Chrome OS in July, coming amid growing acceptance of the company's Android operating-system project as a smartphone and Netbook OS. CNET

Nvidia: We're still committed to gaming industry Nvidia has recently reiterated its strong commitment to the gaming industry, refuting the earlier rumors of "Nvidia is abandoning gaming market" for the HPC (high performance computing) market. The company’s spokesperson Bryan Del Rizzo told TG Daily that the rumors were "completely unfounded" and "ludicrous". EXPreview

NYT's Kristof: boycott Bing Microsoft's support for Referendum 71 won its Bing search engine a new fan in David Schmader of the Stranger, but the company's Internet search practices related to China have now lost Bing a user in Nicholas Kristof -- and the New York Times columnist is calling on his readers to follow suit with a boycott. TechFlash

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I tried this a couple days ago, and honestly have not found any real use for it. It is really lacking on features and customization at the moment- you even can no change your screen resolution- so there is no point to using it if you already have windows up and running. The one plus is boot time- it takes just a few seconds to get to the login screen. If it was installed natively, instead of in a virtual machine, this would make it great if you just wanted to check your email or browse the internet, because you would not have to wait for windows to get going.


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Nvidia somewhat invited this critique when they accused AMD of forcing DX11 on the public and tried to change the discussion to GPGPU, on top of Fermi being nondescript and late to the market.


Fermi appears to be aimed at Larrabee. So gaming is very much likely to stay , just a change in its approach. Tegra and Ion seem to confirm that too.


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I think that as well, I think Nvidias big mistake is to go half way between serving gamers, and looking forward to GPGPU computing which i think is a ways off from the desktop users consciousness .
For those who try this in VMWare - take note of the subtle warning in the instructions and set your network mode to Bridged instead of NAT - I missed that at first and could not authenticate.

Once done, it was simple, but as mentioned, not much functionality and the fact that the screen res is fixed is certainly sub-optimal.

Pretty nice chess game available tho :)


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Nvidia is somewhat still in its process of identifying the market it wants to target. Gamers and GPGPU are 2 different markets with different needs. guess you could pick 1 and be real good at it, or be mediocre at both. I hope we will have more to see from Nvidia when ATI is moving fast ahead
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