Your old laptop can now turn into a Chromebook
Turning your struggling old laptop into a Chromebook might be the answer you’ve been looking for.
This article was first published on thebit.nz.
Do you have an aging PC or Mac that you want to breathe new life into? Or maybe you bought a cheap laptop and regret not going with the Chromebook?
Either way, Google has an answer for you in the form of Chrome OS Flex: a way to remove macOS or Windows from your life and switch to Chrome OS.
“Chromebooks don’t slow down over time, stay up to date, offer proactive protection, and are easy to manage,” writes Thomas Riedl, director of product, enterprise, and education at Google, in a blog post featuring the derivative exploitation. system.
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“Chrome OS Flex modernizes the devices you already own, letting you enjoy the benefits of Chrome OS on PC and Mac,” it continues, highlighting the operating system’s fast boot times, proactive security, and lightweight nature. as reasons to give it a ride.
“Rather than getting rid of aging PCs and Macs, refresh them with a modern, fast operating system to reduce e-waste,” the message recommends.
Google is clear that this is an “early release” rather than the full product, and warns that you may “experience some instability” if you fill out the form on the website to get a version to install.
The good news is that you can boot it from a USB drive to try it out before installing it properly and removing all traces of macOS or Windows from your system.
However, even an operating system as lightweight as this has certain system requirements in place, so your old Toshiba T200SX will just have to revert to very slow bitcoin mining at a massive loss.
You will need at least 4 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and for the device to be bootable from a USB drive. You also need a 64-bit processor, but that doesn’t rule out much of this century – although Google adds that “components manufactured before 2010 could cause poor performance” and points out that Intel GMA 500 graphics, 600, 3600, and 3650 hardware does not meet minimum performance standards.
There’s also a comprehensive list of certified models to check out, but be aware that the majority warn of “minor issues expected”.
Still, if you have an old laptop that can barely boot into Windows without emitting disturbing hisses, it might be worth seeing if Chrome OS is right for you. What’s the worst that can happen?