After Google released their Chrome OS / Chromium OS source code to the public, one of gdgt’s engineers (Jon Ursenbach) worked on compiling the code and was able to make an instance of it to run in a virtual machine. Now, the gdgt team makes the virtual machine image available for download. You can use the image using VMWare Player or VMWare Fusion. You may also use the free cross-platform VirtualBox. But there could be some problems when you opt using this software.

You may download the Chrome OS image from the gdgt site. You just have to create an account first. Follow these steps after downloading (for VirtualBox users):

1. Extract the downloaded file in a folder anywhere on your computer. Fire up your virtual machine software and create a new disk. Select the option “Use an existing virtual disk” (the extracted VMDK file).
2. Check your network settings. Make sure you use Bridged Networking.
3. The username and password for the logon is your Google account.

For VMWare Player users, there are some additional tasks to be done to run the image file since there’s no VMX file included in the compressed file from gdgt. vivin from Rough Book created a VMX file which can be downloaded from his site. Save the file in the same folder as your VMDK. Open the VMX file using VMWare Player. You may also download the file directly from here.

Here’s a video from the Google Chrome channel about Chrome OS:

1. If you can’t login using your Google account username and password, use “chronos” as your username and leave the password field blank.
2. I noticed that if you’re under a proxy server, you’ll have difficulty connecting to the web. Changing the proxy settings will redirect you to a Chromium wiki about Linux proxy configuration (but since you’re not able to set the proxy, you’ll get a “webpage not available” error).

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