The answer to this question is not a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – the Google Chrome operating system is developed in a way that it can only function on machines called chromebooks. These chromebooks, which include the Samsung Chromebook, Dell Chromebook 11, Acer 720p Chromebook, and many others, are specifically designed to run the Google Chrome OS with ease. This means that the Google Chrome OS is different from other operating systems like Windows and Mac OS, and that this OS is not a replacement for the other operating systems.
However, in today’s day and age computer geeks have made sure that nothing is impossible and that a few strings can be pulled to install the Google Chrome OS on any machine. This can be done by installing the open source version of the operating system, the Chromium OS, on machines that are not chromebooks.
The Chrome operating system is a Linux based operating system which was designed to primarily cater to web applications. The Chrome OS is purely a web thin client operating system, which means that it is meant for users who want to spend most of their time on the internet and the only applications native to the OS include a browser, a file manager, and a media player. This operating system was first launched in July 2009 with a promise to deliver a more web based experience to the user. The key aims of this OS were stated as speed, security, and simplicity. In May 2011 the first Chromebook were announced by Acer Inc. and Samsung; later Lenovo, Google, and Hewlett Packard also jumped on the chromebook bandwagon.
To clearly distinguish a Chromebook from other machines, we can say that they are designed to be used while being connected to the internet at all times. This is because most of the data and the applications are residing in the cloud. However, this does not mean that applications cannot work on offline mode as well. It can be said that the Chromebooks are a successful venture derived from the amazing technology that is cloud computing – the existence of a cloud for storage purposes makes things a lot easier and smarter for the user. The cloud technology also makes sure that Chromebooks turn on in an instant and do not take long to boot and start up, unlike Windows and Mac OS based machines.
Another advantage of the Chrome OS is that the user does not have to hassle with software downloads, security updates, and other similar updates. On the other hand, some sources clearly state that the Chromebooks could be selling for over $100 more than what a standard Mac OS or Windows OS machine’s price is.
Installing the Chromium operating system on machines that are not Chromebooks is not everybody’s piece of cake, but with some expert advice it can be done. The user will need a USB device of 2 GB or higher storage capacity, and then write the Chromium software as an image on the USB device. The bootable USB stick can then be used to boot computers from the Chromium operating system residing in the USB device.