Chrome OS Flex operating system for Mac and PC, which turns computers into Chromebooks, has entered a significant share of Google.
9to5Mac journalist Ben Lovejoy installed Chrome OS Flex on a 2011 MacBook Air, but decided to downgrade back to macOS a few days later.
These are a few cons that immediately catch the eye of macOS users.
Below is his text, which has been slightly edited.
Chrome OS Flex is a very limited system
Chrome OS Flex is an old Jew of Chrome OS that isn’t in itself a competitor to Windows and macOS.
Google has created a simple and undemanding system in which there are a lot of problems with access to the network, and not for value. Therefore, the operating system can be quite comfortably used on weak laptops.
For an old device, this is reliable, a plus. But at the same time, there is a downside. Chrome OS Flex is essentially Google Chrome. There are no other applications. It is easy for users to solve problems through sites. Android apps, as in Chrome OS, are not detected.
Chrome OS is not as pretty as macOS
macOS users appreciate the beautiful and thoughtful interface. Chrome OS Flex is the exact opposite.
It looks like it was made from Lego. I think anyone who sits in front of a Mac will not appreciate the interface.
Chrome OS Flex is part of the Google ecosystem
If you’re already a Mac user, chances are you’re well integrated into the Apple ecosystem.
But Chrome OS Flex uses the Google ecosystem. This alone will be enough to make many Mac owners give up.
There’s only one reason to install Chrome OS Flex
If you want to give away your old Mac to someone else who isn’t tech savvy at all, then you should definitely consider Chrome OS Flex.
This system is simple in the table. Google will take care of all the updates that happen automatically. You can find Microsoft Office files in Google Docs.
All files found in the cloud, Google is responsible for back-up measurement, so the chance of data loss is minimal. In a valid case, you can simply reinstall the system, and all files will still be available in the cloud.
Oh, and if you never get your hands on a Chromebook, try out Chrome OS, install it on a stick, and boot with you. Even in this mode, the system works fine.
Which Macs support Chrome OS Flex
Chrome OS Flex can be installed on any Mac:
▪️ MacBook: Mid 2010 and newer
▪️ iMac: Mid 2010 and newer
▪️ MacBook Air mid 2012 and newer
▪️ MacBook Pro Mid 2012 and up
▪️ Mac mini late 2014 and newer
How to Install Chrome OS Flex on a Mac
To get started, you’ll need at least 8 GB or an external hard drive. During the installation process of Chrome OS Flex, all files on the look and feel are removed.
one. Download the Chromebook Recovery Tool (it’s an extension for Google Chrome)
2. In the list of laptop manufacturers and models, select Google Chrome OS Flex
After that, the utility automatically starts the system and creates an installation USB flash drive.
To open Chrome OS Flex, you need to shut down your Mac, then start it, expand enable, and turn on Option ⌥. A selection of a hard drive for booting will appear on the screen, you must select a USB flash drive with Chrome OS Flex.
After downloading, Google offers to work with Chrome OS Flex from a USB flash drive or install it as the main operating system on a Mac. [9to5Mac]
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