Chrome OS Flex Brings Life To Old Hardware
For systems lacking TPM 2.0 and those simply not interested in moving to Windows 11, the new Chrome OS Flex offers an alternative for now, and perhaps past Oct. 14th, 2025 when Windows 10 hits it’s EOL; at least that’s the date as of now. This is not an OS for the technically inclined, such as those reading this, for a Linux distro will be more powerful and adroit at running the various emulators and applications we use. Instead Chrome OS Flex is a watered down Linux OS designed for the non-technically inclined that just want a computer that works.
The hardware requirements are light, you need is a computer which can boot from USB and has a 64bit x86 processor, as well as 4GB of RAM and 16GB of local storage; sorry no ARM support at this time. The interface is similar to Chrome OS’s Gentoo heritage using the Aura Shell, but taking advantage of Google’s purchase of NeverWare. Prior to being absorbed into Google, NeverWare streamlined the arcane process of installing Chrome OS on a non-Chromebook with their CloudReady product and that is where Chrome OS Flex came from.
There is more information on what the new OS can and can’t do in the link to Ars Technica’s article at the top as well as at The Register.