Windows 8.1 oracle + Chrome OS

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  1. Peterr

    Peterr Honorable Member

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    Hello
    I would like to see and use the Chrome OS before buying a Chromebook for my wife who is not pc literate. I am fair but know nothing about virtualization except it can help me accomplish my goal -with some advice.
    I have provided a link which I think I can follow with the laptop by my side and installing the OS in my virtual machine on the desktop.
    I have confused terms so cannot begin.
    At the virtual box site I do not know if I should download Win or Linux as the host. I have a 64 bit machine with Win 8.1.
    Could someone please coax me along slowly so I can run Chrome on the virtual machine?
    If you know an easier way, I am open to suggestions.
    Thank you
    Peter

    http://www.srccodes.com/p/article/26/setup-run-experience-chromium-chrome-os-oracle-vm-virtualbox-buy-google-chromebook
     
  2. Ralph Bromley

    Ralph Bromley Honorable Member

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    You pretty much solved this one on your own by linking that guide.
    It gives detail instructions on how to install chromeOS in virtual box.
    Sure it says its chromiumOS but chromiumOS is basically the same thing as chromeOS
     
  3. Peterr

    Peterr Honorable Member

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    OK Ralph. I am encouraged that the link will do the job.
    Peter
     
  4. Ralph Bromley

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    Yeah the thing is that chromeOS is only for chromebooks (at this time) and is only shipped on chromeOS hardware (it is like how OSX is only sold on apple products)
    ChromiumOS is basically the same thing but without some of the more proprietary bits (like netflix playback)
    Both are based off of linux but its the front ends that are different mainly, one has chrome as its front end (thus the name chromeOS) and the other has its open source counterpart chromium as its front end.
    So its more of a comparison of browsers and what they include as opposed to them being totally different things, here is some info on the differences between chrome and chromium:
    https://code.google.com/p/chromium/wiki/ChromiumBrowserVsGoogleChrome

    Both chrome and chromium have thier disadvantages and advantages as you can see, some will say that chromium is better as its open source, others will shay chrome is better as it comes with a flash player.
    But in terms of chromiumOS vs chromeOS they are essentially the same except the browser front en they use.
    So dont let experein ces in cromiumOS discourage you from buying a chromebbook, just understand that its just built a bit differently but no so differently its like jumping from windows to OSX or linux for that matter.
     
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  5. strollin

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    To answer your original question, you need to download the Windows version of VirtualBox since your HOST machine is running Windows. The OS you run in a particular VM is referred to as a GUEST OS, in this case Chrome.
     
  6. Ralph Bromley

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    Yeah I got thrown off and thought he was confused on the difference between chrome and chromium, a very common question I see.
     
  7. Peterr

    Peterr Honorable Member

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  8. Peterr

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    @strollin - Thank you for clarifying that. It was stated a bit vaguely and I did not want to start on the wrong foot.

    @Ralph - Thank you also for the link and clarification. Apparently there are many opinions about which is better. I now see that they are different not better. if I get the Chromebook it will have chrome which I have used. I prefer Firefox but after using any browser for a while you get to like it. Much of the chart was over my head but I did grasp some of it. As with anything you can't have it both ways. I am sure we will acclimate and enjoy Chrome.
    Peter
     
  9. Ralph Bromley

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    Yeah well chrome OS is tied to chrome so no real chance of firefox :D
     
  10. Peterr

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    Yes, Ralph I realize Chromebook uses the Chrome browser.
    I was only saying that at this time I am comfortable with Firefox. Thanks for the help.
    Peter
     

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