Web-based operating system developed by Google
- Completely different from other OS's
- No learning curve: it's all a web browser
- Takes seconds to boot
- Only available as source code at the moment
- Very early stage of development
- Few people have adapted it to work well on Macs
Chromium OS is the open source version of Google's Chrome OS which currently only ships pre-installed on Notebooks and Netbooks.
Google Chromium OS is currently only available as source code, which you can download and compile by yourself to create an image file compatible with any virtual machine solution, such as Parallels or VirtualBox. Google Chromium OS is based on Linux, starts up in seconds and is mainly designed for the Web. There have been very few successful attempts to modify Google Chromium OS for Macs but one such version has been created here by a MacBook Air user although it should work on almost any Intel based Mac.
The web based nature of Google Chromium OS is its most outstanding feature. Almost everything is web-based, or if you prefer it, in "the Cloud". Google Chromium OS is meant to be used with online apps, and you will store all your files online. That's what makes Google Chromium OS so fast and lightweight: the OS doesn't need to install anything on your computer, because you can access everything online. It's the perfect OS for low-spec computers like netbooks.
After logging in with your Gmail account, you're ready to start. Google Chromium OS may look a bit weird at first, but it's also very intuitive. Weird because it's completely different from any OS you may have tried so far – it's just a web browser – but intuitive because a web browser is where we spend most of the time on any other OS, so there's no learning curve at all.
Google Chromium OS is undoubtedly a revolutionary operating system that challenges us users to change our image of computers, and the way we've been using them so far. On the downside, I think this revolution is still going to take quite some time, until we get used to a web-only operating system – not to mention the fact that Chromium OS is still at a very early stage of development.
Google Chromium OS is the first step towards a revolutionary Web-based operating system that uses online apps and stores everything on the Internet.