What is Chrome?
Chrome, developed and controlled by Google, may refer to either
browser or the OS
that uses the latter web
browser as its GUI. Chrome OS
is intended for laptops (not
intended for desktops), which Google markets under the
name Chromebook. Just like Google's portable OS, Android, it is also based on
Although the OS
is open source, users only have access to personal files
and no access to system
files, especially the kernel. Chrome OS mostly runs web
applications making it basically a thin
client except for multimedia with several (if not all) codecs, camera and daemons.
Running Chrome OS
(stable channel only) demands the user to completely trust Google as it controls all
aspects of the OS
including and perhaps not limited to updates, which is perfect for users. As a matter of fact, all applications are only accessible through the Chrome
Web Store and there is little to no risk of viruses or other malware.
As of version 53 of the OS
released on September 2016 (beta channel depending on the Chromebook), Google
Chrome can run a beta version of Google
Play, which allows users install and run Android apps.
Chrome OS has a limited
shell in user mode by the name of crosh.
The latter was taken from help_advanced.