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Richard MacCutchan20-Dec-20 7:06
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Well, of course I'd only install an OS on a system that starts life with nothing of value on it (I quit doing in-place upgrades and multi-booting the moment I started using VMs). But once you start connecting to other things, all bets are off again. Especially with an OS like ChromeOS that you can't do much with if you don't link it with an online profile.

So I just tried the experiment. Went to Google, searched for "chromeos iso download". The top links are:
  • A reddit page (WHY???)
  • getchrome.eu, which describes itself as "a lightweight Linux distribution similar to Google Chrome OS" (so clearly, it's NOT ChromeOS, but some clone)--and the ISOs are hosted on dubious sites that try to get you to "upgrade to Pro for faster downloads" or misdirect you into downloading unrelated stuff. The bottom of the page even confirms, "Cr OS Linux is not related to Google".
  • sites.google.com, which links to the site above (if they're not related, then WHY??)
  • a superuser.com discussion on where to get an ISO (pretty much my own question)
  • neverware.com, which seems to push for a commercial, pay-for version (which again, sounds like something that was forked)
  • more dubious sites like cnet and softonic, which are known to wrap their own installers around whatever you're trying to download
The most promising of these is the superuser.com answer (aka "the StackOverflow for IT admins"), and the discussion is closed and marked off-topic. The responses all point to pre-made VMware and VirtualBox images and the like, and not something that runs natively on bare metal.

If Google is okay with letting people download ChromeOS and run it on non-Chromebooks, they sure are taking exceptional steps to remove it from the top of the search list. This, from a company that is currently facing lawsuits for promoting their own products and services over its competitors. So WTH is going on?
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