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Chrome OS is an operating system based on the Linux kernel and designed to work with web applications and installed applications. Initially, Chrome OS was almost a pure web thin client operating system, with only a handful of "native" applications, but Google gradually began encouraging developers to create "packaged applications", some of which can work offline. App Runtime for Chrome (beta) enables Android applications to run on Chrome OS. Chrome OS is built upon the open source project called Chromium OS which, unlike Chrome OS, can be compiled from the downloaded source code; Chrome OS is the commercial version installed on specific hardware.

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When I'm searching for answers on Experts Exchange, I often use Google because it's built into my browser.  To search only on Experts Exchange, I use the "site:" search operator, which can be cumbersome to type out each time I want to run a search. Fortunately, I have found an automated  workaround that streamlines the process.

It involves setting up a simple browser shortcut (for Chrome and Firefox), that you can implement in less than a minute, allowing you to search experts-exchange.com with Google by typing "ee" (instead of a site operator) before your search query in the browser address bar.  In this article, I will detail how to set up this shortcut for yourself.


Adding an Experts Exchange site search to the Chrome browser

The process for Chrome is to add a new search engine to the browser (video instructions here):

  1. In chrome, via your address bar go to chrome://settings/searchEngines
  2. Scroll to the bottom and "Add a new search engine" with the following values:
  3. Press Enter and exit out of your settings area.
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Adding an Experts Exchange site search to the Firefox browser

The process for Firefox is to add a dynamic bookmark to the browser (video instructions here):
 
  1. ​Press 'Ctrl + Shft + B
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by:Fouad Maidine
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Nifty ^^ !
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by:Andrew Leniart
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Excellent tip! Thanks for sharing.
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Chrome has recently been open sourced by Google as a developer preview. Its very young, clearly has some issues and needs serious work, however it is usable and lots of people have managed to get it running in a virtual machine or via a USB key.

Chrome OS is clearly based on Ubuntu(if you press Ctrl+Alt+T to open the terminal, you can see the Ubuntu Karmic development branch message) meaning hardware support should be excellent. However, its been heavily stripped down

For most people, Wifi doesn't work. Without Wifi, Chrome OS is pretty useless as it relies heavily on "the cloud" for most of its features.

My laptop uses the Intel 5100 wireless chipset, and I was dismayed that the wireless didn't work out of the box, as every Linux distribution has supplied drivers with ease. Installing the firmware seemed like it might be difficult at first, as the root file system is read only. However, getting it working only took two seconds, and if Wireless works out of the box for you in Ubuntu Karmic, it'll also work in Chrome OS. Note: Your primary hard drive will need to have Ubuntu Karmic on it for this to work

Firstly, download the Chrome OS USB image and follow the instructions to get a working Chrome OS USB image.

Login using the default details (username: chronos | password: password)
Open a terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T - you should be logged in automatically, if you aren't use chronos and password again to login.
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Google Chrome OS

764

Solutions

1K

Contributors

Chrome OS is an operating system based on the Linux kernel and designed to work with web applications and installed applications. Initially, Chrome OS was almost a pure web thin client operating system, with only a handful of "native" applications, but Google gradually began encouraging developers to create "packaged applications", some of which can work offline. App Runtime for Chrome (beta) enables Android applications to run on Chrome OS. Chrome OS is built upon the open source project called Chromium OS which, unlike Chrome OS, can be compiled from the downloaded source code; Chrome OS is the commercial version installed on specific hardware.

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