🌤 Good morning on this rather cold Friday. Well, it’s still winter in our part of the world, so that’s to be expected. At least we get a new sofa delivered tomorrow, so great!
Strange (Chrome OS) Flex but okay
Google has just announced that its Chrome OS Flex initiative has come out of beta testing and is now available to everyone. The solution was initially announced in February 2022, so this is a very short time to get out of beta status by Google’s own standards. But what should you know about it?
Reviving old devices
- In essence, Chrome OS Flex allows consumers to install Chrome OS on older PCs or Macs.
- We’ve previously seen CloudReady’s solution do something similar, but this was the open source Chromium OS rather than the official Chrome OS.
- Anyway, this week Google noted that more than 400 devices are certified to work with Chrome OS Flex. This is an astounding number, which means that there is a good chance your PC will back up.
- Fortunately, it is also possible to install Chrome OS Flex on devices not listed by Google.
- You will need a machine with a 64-bit AMD/Intel CPU, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a USB flash drive. But Google explicitly says that computers with Intel GMA graphics are not supported.
Google target audience
- Giving an old laptop a new lease of life is one obvious use case for beginners.
- I remember installing Linux distros on my groaning laptop back in the day, so having a lightweight alternative is nice.
- However, Google is pushing this as a solution to launch the fleet in the education and small business sectors.
- The thinking is sound in theory, because it means that you use existing hardware instead of going out and buying new PCs and Macs. Or even new Chromebooks for that matter.
- However, there are still some reasons to get a new Chromebook. First, Chrome OS Flex does not support Android apps. It also lacks Parallels desktop functionality, while Linux support is model-dependent.
- However, this is still a welcome development in the areas of business and education, particularly in cash-strapped environments.
- You can check out our guide to installing Chrome OS Flex if you are intrigued by the idea.
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It turns out that July 13th was National French Fry Day, so Heinz came up with a great idea to celebrate the occasion. The sauce and spice company came French fries spoons (free: Gizmodo), so you can get a generous helping of tomato sauce and other seasonings when dipping.
I’ll totally buy a lot of these, because the fries are good. But Heinz only gives them in the UK as part of an upgrade. Fortunately, you still have plenty of time to participate as the contest ends on July 20th.