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December 22 2010


Virtualization in your desktop

As we in the non-profit world look at extending the life of our IT assets at work to be able to leverage Cloud Computing among other interesting technologies, when it comes to our personal choice, we love to splurge on the latest Windows 7 Laptop or the latest and the greatest dumping our personal computers along the way. Over the weekend I was wondering as to how much greener we could be if we could repurpose our devices and extend the useful life of the devices,laptops among others.

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January 07 2010


Google's Chrome Has 40 Million Active Users, Glide Annouces Extension at CES

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--Google's Chrome has reached 40 million active users since the Windows beta release in September 2008.  Beet.TV's Daisy Whitney visited Google headquarters to speak with Google spokesman Eitan Bencuya about developments with the new browser. 

Eitan says Google recently launched beta versions of Chrome for Mac and Linux, which are tailored to the attributes of each platform instead of being merely an adaptation of the Windows version. 

Additionally, Google has just added an extension platform for beta users of Chome on Windows and Linux.  To introduce the 800+ extensions, Google hosted an event that 140 developers attended and spoke at December's Add-On Con.

Today at CES, Glide, a Transmedia company that created a comprehensive Ad-Free cloud computing solution, announces its extension for Chrome that equips Chrome with file synchronization and file format translation features.  It also provides 20GB of free storage without any ads. This will purportedly "one-up" the yet unreleased version of Chrome OS, but TechCrunch.com says it's still fairly clunky.

Allison Salewski, Associate Producer

November 24 2009


Chrome OS like lightning from a USB key: we could get used to this

We finally got around to prepping a USB key so we could boot to Chrome OS natively, and let us tell you: it's a world of difference. Of course, running something natively instead of virtualized is always going to be a treat, but what we're seeing with Chrome OS is actually on par performance-wise with our crazy expectations for a stripped-down OS. It boots in mere seconds and loads websites with the best of them. The build we're using, courtesy of @hexxeh on Twitter, who made all this possible with some great instructions and a masterfully-built chromiumos.img, was also able to log into the apps pane -- something we didn't pull off on our virtualized rig. We wouldn't call this our main Linux jam just yet, but even as we strut cockily back to our "big people computer," it's hard not to feel the love for something this simple and swift. If you want to do this with your own netbook, hit up Hexxeh's instructions at the read link below (we found the Windows how-to easiest to follow, for what it's worth), and if you want to be a mere voyeur you can hit up a video demonstration after the break.

Update: if you're having trouble with the source link you can try mirrored links to the torrent here and here.

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