A few hours ago, Google released details about it’s upcoming CHROME OS. It’s still a really early test version, and not even a beta, so dont expect a full release any time soon. However, a very early test build of this operating system is already available to download but can only be installed in a virtual machine environment running on top of either Windows, Linux Or OSX.
The entire system is web-based and runs in the Chrome browser — right down to USB drive contents, which show up in a browser tab, and the notepad, which actually creates a Google Docs document. Web apps are launched from a persistent apps panel, which includes Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and Hulu, among others, and background apps like Google Talk can be minimized to “panels” that dock to the bottom of the screen. Local storage is just used to speed up the system — everything actually lives in the cloud, so all it takes to swap or borrow machines is a login, and you’re good to go.
If you are interested to try out this new operating system, feel free to download the 700MB file from HERE. On this page you will be also able to get some installation instructions to get you up and running. In the coming days we will be trying out this new operating system and let you know what we think of it. Should any of you readers get to play around with this new OS, please let us know what you think in the comment area below!