Monday, August 24, 2009

Google Chrome in the clouds

Recently, you may have heard a lot about Google Chrome OS, an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks that will provide a platform to run Google Chrome browser.
This will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010 and some time earlier for developers.
Well, if you impatience triggers and you can't wait so long, here is something that may help you cope with it.

This video demonstrates a cult thin client google chrome edition software booting straight to a Google Chrome browser.

IMPORTANT: This is not Google Chrome OS and is not related in any way with Google.

The main idea behind cult google chrome edition is to move everything to the cloud, even the operating system and configuration. This started as a cult stress test, which is a platform to further develop and customize thin clients Operating Systems.
cult google chrome edition it's initially targeted at thin clients, however it can be used by other classes of hardware and virtual machines as well. Using network boot, provides a platform to run Google Chrome browser too, but avoiding OS installation.
To achieve this goal cult google chrome edition is kept as small and fast as possible.

An early preview, as showed in the video, containing the most fundamental features but there's still a lot to be done.
A LiveCD/LiveDVD ISO image (only 35MB) is available for download. This same image can also be used to network boot thin clients, PCs or virtual machines as explained in the documentation.
Download it from, enjoy it and send you comments and suggestions to improve future versions.

More in depth information can be found at, specifically here.


JMerilo said...

This is a great app!
How do you enable/install flash player?

Diego Torres Milano said...

Thanks for your comments.
You should use Ubuntu to install Google Chrome and Flash player, then copy all the needed files to a directory where yo previously extracted the cult image and then rebuild this image.
Should you need some help in doing this let me know.