Dell employee Doug Anson released source code for a version of Google's Linux-based Chrome OS that runs on a Dell Mini 10v netbook. The Mini 10v implementation of the pre-release code for the cloud-oriented OS is “unstable,” but offers WiFi support and fast browsing, and boots in 12 seconds, says Anson.
Following Google's release of the pre-beta "Chromium OS" open source code on Nov. 19, it didn't take long for hackers to compile bootable images of the code, which will form the basis for Google's netbook-focused Chrome OS. Last week, we tested one of the images, from the gdgt website, via VirtualBox, and despite the limitations of the early code, found a flexible, extensible web browsing environment that runs well in as little as 256MB of RAM (see image below).
Chrome OS, by way of Virtual Box
Dell's Linux-ready Mini 10v
While a 12-second boot is impressively zippy, it's almost twice as slow as the boot demo at Google's announcement presentation, when Chrome OS booted up on an Asus Eee PC in seven seconds. Google has said that it hopes to reduce boot time to as low as three seconds.
An eWEEK story on the project may be found here.
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