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.

Chinmoy Kanjilal has written and can be contacted at chinmoy@techie-buzz.com.

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