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Google Chrome OS Cr-48 netbook hacked, runs Mac OS X, Win 7

updated 04:00 am EST, Sun January 2, 2011

Cr-48 hacking information posted online

The Google Chrome OS testbed netbook the Cr-48 has been hacked by users to run Mac OS X, Windows 7, and Ubuntu. Users of the Cr-48 have posted instructions on how install Windows 7 and Ubuntu on the Something Awful forum. Instructions on how to hackintosh a Cr-48 will be posted soon, although a video (included below) of the device running Mac OS X has already been posted by Damian W.

Although the Chrome OS itself is locked down, Google has encouraged users to hack the Intel Atom-based device itself. A switch located under the battery will stop the Chrome OS from booting and will allow users play with the BIOS and install an alternative OS. Currently, the Cr-48 remains in use only by Google employees and family members, as well as some members of the press and users who signed up to Google's Pilot Program.

Plans for a commercial launch of Chrome OS netbooks have been delayed as some critical features of the Chrome OS such as Cloud Print and USB storage are not yet ready for the prime-time. Thus far, Acer and Samsung have committed to launching Chrome OS netbooks this year, but these are not expected launch until the middle of this year. [via Engadget]

by MacNN Staff



  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sponsored by the letter...



  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Let me predict this as a device to go the same way that other Network Computers have gone. (This should be as big as Bing or Google Wave!!)

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Thats a nice netbook, would make a perfect OSx86 machine. Wonder how much it will cost.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so let me get this straight

    so a netbook was hacked - i.e a new OS was installed on it - and that somehow has now fallen under the definition of 'hacking' - and this netbook, which was 'hacked', was in no way designed to prevent other OS's being installed - and this is news.



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