Daily Authority: 💻 Chrome OS gives us a Flex

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🌤 Good morning on this somewhat chilly Friday. Well, it’s still winter in our part of the world, so that’s to be expected. At least we’re getting a new couch delivered tomorrow, so yay!

Weird (Chrome OS) Flex but okay

The Chrome logo on the back of a Chromebook.

Google just announced that its Chrome OS Flex initiative has exited beta testing and is now available to all. The solution was initially announced in February 2022, so that’s a pretty short time to exit beta status by Google’s own standards. But what should you know about it?

Reviving old hardware

  • At its core, Chrome OS Flex allows consumers to install Chrome OS on their old PCs or Macs.
  • We’ve previously seen the CloudReady solution do something similar, but that was the open-source Chromium OS rather than the official Chrome OS.
  • In any event, Google noted this week that over 400 devices are certified to work with Chrome OS Flex. That’s a staggering number, meaning there’s a decent chance your computer is supported.
  • Fortunately, it’s also possible to install Chrome OS Flex on devices not listed by Google.
  • You’ll need a machine with a 64-bit AMD/Intel CPU, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a USB flash drive. But Google explicitly says computers with Intel GMA graphics aren’t supported.

Google’s target audience

  • Giving your ancient laptop a new lease of life is one obvious use case, for starters.
  • I remember installing Linux distributions on my creaking laptop back in the day, so having another lightweight alternative is nice.
  • However, Google is pushing this as a solution for fleet rollouts in the education and small business sectors.
  • The thinking is sound in theory, as it means you’re using existing hardware rather than going out and buying new PCs and Macs. Or even new Chromebooks, for that matter.
  • There are still a few reasons to get a new Chromebook though. For one, Chrome OS Flex doesn’t support Android apps. It also lacks Parallels desktop functionality, while Linux support depends on the model.
  • Nevertheless, this is still a welcome development in the business and education spaces, particularly in cash-strapped environments.
  • You can check out our guide to installing Chrome OS Flex if you’re intrigued by the idea.


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It turned out that July 13 was National French Fry Day, so Heinz came up with a rather neat idea to mark the occasion. The sauce and condiment company came up with French Fry Spoons (h/t: Gizmodo), so you can get a generous helping of tomato sauce and other condiments when dipping.

I’d totally buy a ton of these, because fried potato goodness. But Heinz is only giving them away in the UK as part of a promotion. Fortunately, you still have time to enter as the contest ends on July 20.

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