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I am building a computer but when Chrome OS comes out I would like to have that on this computer. I am trying to find what specific hardware Chrome OS needs to operate so I can plan accordingly and see if I can even buy the specific hardware ahead of time... Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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There are few published system requirements for Chrome OS, but some information is available on Chromium OS, which is the open-source project behind Chrome OS. Hardware-accelerated OpenGL or OpenGL ES support is mandatory, and enough RAM must be present to run the browser. It is incorrect that Chromium is required to run on an SSD, but it is recommended.

Chromium OS is based on the Linux kernel. There are 6 flavors of the kernel for 3 different architectures: x86, x86_64 and arm. Virtually every laptop and desktop available has an x86 or x86_64 based processor.

If you want full system capability, there is a list of systems that Chromium is known to work on unmodified, i.e. without additional drivers or modules.

Note that unless you really want to get your hands dirty with installing Chromium, it is probably best to buy a computer with Chrome OS already installed.

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I'd point out, while chromium runs on other systems, chrome os might be using a customised bios. I;d suggest waiting till more information comes out

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The only specifications required so far to run Chrome OS are an x86 or ARM processor and a SSD. Yes, a SSD is required, unless you run it in a virtual machine.

Sure, any system which fulfills these requirements will run it, it just might be very slow.

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SSD is not mandatory, USB stick will do :) –  Molly7244 Nov 28 '09 at 14:33
@Molly: Are you sure? Based on everything I've read about Chrome OS, it appears to only run on SSDs. e.g. computerworld.com/s/article/9141191/… –  Diablomarcus Nov 28 '09 at 16:40
that's only for dell's release. –  John T Nov 28 '09 at 22:34
Seems too soon to tell that any system with an x86/ARM processor and an SSD will run it - my impression from various reports is that it'll only support a further limited set of hardware and only come preinstalled. –  MartW Nov 29 '09 at 1:20

DELL has just released a customized version of Chrome OS for the Mini 10 DV (Atom 1.6 GHz, 1 GB RAM) that boots from USB.

so, if you have one of their netbooks, feel free to download it (8 GB)

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