Give an old PC or Mac a new lease of life with Chrome OS Flex


Ultimately, this solution lets people continue to make use of hardware that has become obsolete under another operating system, while also reducing electronic waste. — Photo by Firmbee.com on Unsplash

Google has announced the general release of its ChromeOS Flex operating system, which is free, lightweight and easy to install on a computer previously running Windows or macOS. With this solution, Google promises to give a new lease of life to older devices, keeping them running in a comfortable and secure way.

If this solution can obviously be helpful for individuals, who have an old computer stashed away at home, it is also and above all aimed at institutions, companies or even schools, eager to revive old computer stock.

The minimum requirements to use this OS are a computer equipped with an Intel or AMD x86 chip combined with at least 4GB of RAM, and with at least 16GB of storage space. A large majority of PCs and Macs released since 2010 are therefore theoretically suitable for Chrome OS Flex. Indeed, Google has published a (not exhaustive) list of some 400 compatible models.

Chrome OS is no longer just for Chromebooks! This streamlined version offers access to all of Google's applications and services on a single device, with the possibility of storing all data in the cloud. Note that Google even assures users that its system is better armed than Windows to fight against cyberattacks.

Installation is extremely simple. First, download the installation file and copy it to a USB flash drive. This will allow you to test the system before installing it, quickly and easily, on one or more computers.

Ultimately, this solution lets people continue to make use of hardware that has become obsolete under another operating system, while also reducing electronic waste.

For more information or to download Chrome OS Flex, visit: chromeenterprise.google/os/chromeosflex – AFP Relaxnews

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