The latest version of Chrome OS Linux has been released. Not to be confused with the similarly named operating system built by Google, Chrome OS Linux is an openSUSE remix which focuses on the Chrome browser and uses a number of other Google software that is available for Linux.
The latest update, Chrome OS Linux 1.8.1017, is built around the latest dev channel Google Chrome 18.0.1017.2, released a couple of days ago.
The dev branch of Google Chrome is considered unstable and it’s here that new features are first introduced. It also gets updated once every few days, to a week.
Along with the freshest version of the Chrome browser, Chrome OS Linux 1.8.1017 comes with a new version of the Linux kernel, 3.2.1. The Google Talk Plugin 2.6 is also new in this release. Chrome OS Linux 1.8.1017 comes with:
· Linux kernel 3.2.1;
· GNOME 2.32 desktop environment;
· Experimental GNOME Shell desktop environment;
· Google Chrome 18.0.1017 web browser;
· Google Talk Plugin 2.6;
· Google Music Manager 1.0;
· Google Picasa 3.0 photo manager;
· LibreOffice 3.4 office suite;
· GIMP 2.6 image editor;
· Wine 1.3 Windows emulator;
· Cheese 2.32 webcam app;
· Pidgin 2.7 instant messenger;
· Dashboard with social toolbar;
· Control Center.
Google Chrome is not open source software and neither is Google Chrome OS, the original. Further, Chrome is a trademark of Google and can't be used by other projects or companies.
Chromium and Chromium OS are the open source equivalents of the Google web browser and operating systems. Likewise, the Chromium logo and named are distributed under a Creative Commons license, which means that they can be reused. Chrome OS Linux 1.18.1017
is available for download here