|Distribution of Linux|
|Latest version||103.0.5060.64 (Stable)|
|Initial release||15 June 2011|
Chrome OS is an operating system developed by Google. Based on Gentoo and the Google Chrome web browser, it uses the Linux kernel and was designed to be a fast and lightweight operating system. Chrome OS runs mainly on web applications, although native applications are also supported.
Availability[edit | edit source]
Chrome OS was developed mainly for Chromebooks, as well as Chromeboxes, Chromebases and Chromebits. On 15 February 2022, a distribution of Chrome OS which can be installed on computers without Chrome OS pre-installed, Chrome OS Flex, entered early access in the Dev channel. A Chrome OS recovery image can also be installed onto a generic x86 device through unofficial means.
Chromium OS, the open-source equivalent of Chrome OS, can be compiled to run on computers other than those with Chrome OS pre-installed.
Channels[edit | edit source]
Chrome OS has four release channels: Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary.
Stable[edit | edit source]
The Stable channel releases fully tested builds to ensure minimal bugs. It gets minor updates every two to three weeks and major updates every six weeks. It is currently at version 103.
Beta[edit | edit source]
The Beta channel releases less tested builds that are more prone to bugs. It gets minor updates every week and major updates every six weeks. It is currently at version 104.
Dev[edit | edit source]
The Dev channel releases buggy least tested builds. It gets updated once or twice a week. It is currently at version 105.
Canary[edit | edit source]
The Canary channel releases untested builds (it is bleeding-edge). It gets updated daily. It is currently at version 106 for specific devices.