You can’t run out and buy a machine with Google Chrome OS just yet – and you wouldn’t want to anyway, since it’s still in the very, very early stages of development. Still, if you’re anxious to try Chrome OS out but aren’t into compiling source code and tinkering in a Linux terminal window Google has posted a chart that may be of interest to you.
The chart details which systems have been “officially” tested by developers and reveals what hardware works and what doesn’t. Several models are listed, but I’ve simplified things a bit. Listed below are models on which everything works – 802.11 wireless, ethernet, touchpad, and suspend/resume.
- Acer AOD250*
- Acer AOP531h*
- ASUS Eee PC 1008HA
- ASUS Eee PC 900
- ASUS Eee PC 701
- Gateway LT2000*
- Toshiba Satellite A205-S5000 (15.4″, you can score one for about $350 on eBay)
* these models ship with both Atheros and Broadcom 802.11 adapters. The Atheros works out-of-the-box with Chrome OS, Broadcom does not.
Check the full chart at the Chromium developer site.