Installing the Chromium OS on VMware Player
For the full experience of Google’s Chromium OS, you will need to find a build that you can use with VMware. A quick hop over to chromeos.hexxeh.net/vanilla.php will reveal a selection of options available for VMware, VirtualBox and for running as a “live" operating system from USB.
These “nightly build" versions of the Vanilla version of the OS – which has already shipped on the first Google netbooks – can be downloaded and sit at around 200 MB.
Once your download – in ZIP format – has completed, you will need to extract the contents and save them in a new folder, typically called ChromiumOSVanilla, for instance.
The next step is to find the .vmdk file within the folder and rename it from ChromeOS-Vanilla-0.14.674.2011_06_24_1726-ree5e90b2-VMWare.vmdk to ChromeOS-Vanilla-VMWare.vmdk.
Don’t worry about the differences between the original Chromium title and the new Chrome name, as these refer to different aspects of the operating system and its reliance on the web.
With the file renamed, load VMware Player and select Open a Virtual Machine. You can then browse for the ChromeOS-Vanilla-VMWare.vmdk file and select it, which will launch the setup process for the operating system.
You can then sign in with an existing Google account – the operating system will connect to the web for authentication, all part of the cloud focus of this operating system and Google’s intentions for their user’s data.
Editor's Note: If you are seeing an error message stating "no networks available" you have to change your network adapter type. Right click your virtual Chrome OS machine and click Settings. Click the Network Tab and then select the Advanced settings. Click Adapter Type and then select Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop (82540EM) from the list. Click OK. Now boot your Chrome OS system.