Announced earlier this month, Google Chrome OS is a web-centric operating system that's expected to be made available on mini laptops towards the end of 2010. However, Google has already released the code to the open source community to encourage developers to write applications for the platform.
Dell engineer 'Dell-Doug A' revealed his initial conclusions about Chrome OS on the Direct2Dell blog and has made a version of the software available as a USB key image file. It's designed to work on the Dell Mini 10v, although the Dell engineer admits "it's not perfect".
"It will take more than 5-10 minutes for the network connection manager to 'see' the access points and allow you to select and connect - be patient. Use this image at your own risk - it comes to you totally unsupported and very minimally tested," he warns.
However, Dell-Doug A praised Google's netbook operating system: "The browser is extremely fast and makes for a great web-centric browsing experience. Boot time appears quick too - about 12 seconds from hitting the power button."