Posted by Andrew.
The open source version of Google Chrome OS was released on last week. If you don't want to wait until next year to see what's going on with Chrome OS, then follow this guide to get the Chrome OS and install it on your computer.
After Google announced the availability of the Chrome OS / Chromium OS source code, a GDGT engineer - Jon Ursenbach, immediately got to work on compiling the code and then got an instance of Chromium OS running in a virtual machine.
Now, you can download a copy of the virtual machine here (300MB compressed / 700MB uncompressed) at http://gdgt.com/google/chrome-os/download/.
You'll need VMware Player (or VMware Fusion for Macs) to get it running. VirtualBox (a free cross-platform virtual machine created by Sun Microsystem) can also use VMware VMDK images, but it isn't always perfect.
I can't get this to work with VM Fusion. I tried both bridged and NAT modes.
"Network not connected and offline login failed"
Has anyone gotten this to work?