You can try out Google’s Chrome OS easily no matter if you use Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. The long version of the instructions are at TechCrunch. Here is a rundown at Ars Technica.
Basically, you need two things:
- VirtualBox, which will let you create a virtual machine on which to run Chrome OS, and
- a pre-built disk image of a Chrome OS machine.
Just create a new machine, and use the image you download (named ide.vmdk
) as the system disk.
Use the login name mentioned on the torrent page, and create a new Google account to play with (don’t trust something you downloaded from an unknown source). Et voilà:
It is pretty much a basic operating system, that just runs the Chrome browser. All “applications” are the usual web-based ones by Google, and others.