Browser Linux: if you thought Google Chrome was good
By on December 28th, 2009

Google Chrome OS is a cloud based OS, giving us access to the most of Google  features and much more, all of it accessible over the Internet. From the Wi-Fi hack for Chrome OS, which needs us to copy the Wi-Fi driver from Ubuntu to Chrome, we can say that Chrome OS is an Ubuntu derivative.

Now, just in case you thought Chrome OS was good, you can try out this new Linux distro called BrowserLinux. It will give you a different outlook and Chrome OS some competition. It has a browser based interface and also lets you use your desktop storage optionally. This combines best features of Google Chrome and Puppy Linux.

To start with, Browser Linux is just 78 MB in size and has been built on Puppy Linux. It includes:

  • Firefox 3.5.5 as the web browser
  • Alsaplayer for music
  • Flash 10 for flash support
  • Asus Eee as the default wireless firmware driver for Asus EeePC.

If you are not satisfied with the default fonts provided with the distro, there is an installer shell-script allowing you to install Microsoft Webcore Fonts. The scripts can be found at the path

/root/my-applications/Install_Microsoft_Webcore_Fonts.sh

You can try out this new Linux distribution which is currently in version 355, from Firefox 3.5.5.

The download for BrowserLinux can be found at the homepage here.

Techie Buzz Verdict

BrowserLinux is a relatively new distro and has good features but not a good developer community as of yet. We expect it to take over overtake Google Chrome OS and provide us with a better cloud based OS. The possibilities with this new distro are prospective and we hope to see it do well in future. The UI is much better than Chrome OS and the provision of using the desktop really comes in handy.

Techie-Buzz Rating:  3/5 (Good)

Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

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  • david

    "We expect it to take over Google Chrome and provide us with a better cloud based OS."

    Seriously?

    "Take over Google Chrome"?

    Assuming you really meant "overtake", this is still ludicrous. Linux, in spite of it's vast technical superiority over Windows, has not been able to catch, let alone "take over" Windows.

    These wars are not won and lost on superior technology, but rather on superior marketing/supply channel control.

  • Jon

    @david: chrome OS IS in fact linux. your opinion is invalid and you should feel bad about it.

  • http://www.techarraz.com Chinmoy Kanjilal

    Well I actually meant Google Chrome OS and definitely not Windows.

    These wars are not won and lost on superior technology, but rather on superior marketing/supply channel control.

    Yes, that is partly true. But superior technology wins at places where the user needs are met. Look at Linux Mint. It moved up distro ranking charts really fast.

  • Greg Krakow

    I've checked out a number of Firefox renderings on Puppy Linux over the years but this one is much better then all the rest. With BrowserLinux 355, Web browsing is extreemly fast, even on very old computers with limited resources. And unlike other ports, the browsing experience is very smooth with few if any glitches. I'm glad to see that others are recognizing the significance of this distro. It just blows me away to use it!

  • http://litl.com litl_phil

    In early exploratory litl days we looked at using Puppy as a base for litlOS since some of us (including myself) were Puppy fans. One problem with a base like that instead of (say) the Ubuntu UME derivative that we went with eventually is the lack of contract engineering support and infrastructure for customization and (eg) security updates. Ubuntu has Canonical to provide those services. If you're putting out a highly customized commercial product you have to know that those engineering services are on tap. The situation is worsened by the fact that Puppy is not fed by a large, well-established upstream supplier in the way that Ubuntu is fed by Debian updates.

    Our webbook running our cloud-based litlOS and a unique UI is now for sale at litl.com

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  • http://dtechwiz.blogspot.com Karthik Prabhu

    I use Firefox on my Ubuntu.. Pretty happy with it's performance.. I love Firefox.. Has been one of my favorite browsers ever since it's release.. :)

  • JOBLESSINUSA

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!
    WIRELESS WORKS.
    FLASH WORKS.
    JAVA WORKS.
    REMEMBERS WHAT YOU TELL IT TO DO.
    BOOK MARKS WORK.
    NICE FONT AND SCREEN RES.

 
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