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Dell Engineer Reveals Experimental Chrome OS For Netbook

Even though Chromium OS is in the developmental stage and might still be a year before the world gets the operating system officially from Google, a bunch of engineers at Dell have claimed to have developed a customised version of the OS to run on Dell’s Mini 10v netbook.

In a post on Dell’s community blog, Doug Anson, technology strategist for Dell, wrote that he and "some other Dell folk" had succeeded in running Chrome OS on the Mini10V. The strategist has also provided a link to the USB Key Image File.

Anson described the OS to be highly uninteresting without an internet network connection. However, when the OS is linked to a network, it starts to reveal its true capabilities.

The developers at Dell have successfully linked the Mini 10v's Broadcom Wi-Fi adapter with Chrome OS, but Anson warns that the customised version of Chromium is still not perfect.

Pointing out the many technical glitches, Anson warned that the network mangers takes 5 to 10 minutes for locating access points and also said that its components tend to hang a lot.

He further warned that downloadable image comes with zero support and is highly unstable. He also pointed out the absence of a restart function key which means that the user will have to restart manually, using the power button on the notebook.

Our Comments

Dell's community is a very vibrant one which can yield some surprising results like this Chromium-inspired project. Let's hope that Dell manages to follow up on this intriguing and interesting venture before it disappears in a puff of smoke.

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