ChromeOS Flex is now production ready

Chrome OS FlexGoogle’s operating system derived from its own ChromeOS and aimed at the common PC market, has come out of beta and is now officially supported on up to 400 computers.

The original announcement of ChromeOS Flex left some cold five months ago because its origin is in the purchase by Google of the company that was behind CloudReady. For those who are lost, CloudReady was a derivative of ChromiumOS that came to position itself relatively well in the market, becoming a direct rival of Chrome OS (now ChromeOS) while maintaining almost total compatibility with it, since, As with Chromium-based web browsers, the main difference was in the proprietary components that Google introduces in its own derivative.

Despite the disgust that some felt after seeing CloudReady officially defunct, the reality is that Google had an interesting plan for it: turn it into ChromeOS Flex. The technological base would remain the same, the proprietary components of the Mountain View giant would be added and it would focus above all on being an alternative to Windows and macOS on computers that have already been sold, a role that Linux distributions have always played.

With the purchase of the company responsible for CloudReady, Google has been able to give a small twist to its strategy around ChromeOS. It would no longer be necessary to buy a Chromebook to use its desktop operating system, but would be available to anyone who wants to use it on their own personal computer. Seeing the success of Chromebooks and how GNU/Linux has fared as an alternative system that is usually installed separately, it doesn’t look like Google depends on ChromeOS Flex to massify its system, but leaving the door open will always allow it to add some more users.

How ChromeOS Flex works

Google wants to give ChromeOS Flex a PC resuscitator profile, or at least that is the conclusion that can be drawn after reading an entry published on its official blog: “By installing ChromeOS Flex on your existing hardware, you not only get a great experience , but also contributes to an important cause. Every year 40 million tons of e-waste is generated worldwide, that’s like throwing away 800 laptops every second. Upgrading devices to ChromeOS Flex instead of completely replacing them is an impactful way to reduce waste and avoid this growing problem.”

“And if you really need the fans running to keep you cool, you can feel better knowing that devices running ChromeOS Flex consume 19% less power on average than other devices.” Does this sound like “theft” of the discourse that has been used from Linux for decades? At least in appearance, it can be said yes.

Except for its orientation towards old computers, ChromeOS Flex is based on ChromeOS, that is, an operating system built on Linux and whose interface is based on the well-known web browser. It also has the disadvantage of being mainly proprietary despite using open source components such as the Linux kernel and Mesa. Despite everything, if you want to know more about ChromeOS Flex, you can consult the guide published by our colleagues at MuyComputer.

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