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ChromiumOS FAQ

What's the difference between ChromiumOS and Google ChromeOS?

Google ChromeOS is to ChromiumOS what Google Chrome browser is to Chromium.

Some specific differences:

Where can I download Google ChromeOS?

Google ChromeOS is not a conventional operating system that you can download or buy on a disc and install. As a consumer, the way you will get Google ChromeOS is by buying a Chromebook that has Google ChromeOS installed by the OEM. Google ChromeOS is being developed to run on new machines that are specially optimized for increased security and performance. We are working with manufacturers to develop reference hardware for Google ChromeOS.

Chromebooks are available for sale now! Check out the Google Chromebook site for more information.

Where can I download ChromiumOS?

If you are the kind of developer who likes to build an open source operating system from scratch, you can follow the developer instructions to check out ChromiumOS, build it and experiment with it. A number of sites have also posted pre-built binaries of ChromiumOS. However, these downloads are not verified by Google, therefore please ensure you trust the site you are downloading these from.

Keep in mind that ChromiumOS is not for general consumer use.

I am a hardware manufacturer, who can I talk to about making a ChromeOS product?

The ChromeOS business development team can be reached at