2009/10/28

Google Chrome OS "beta" a fraud

Today I was nearly duped into installing a SUSE-based distribution claiming to be Google's Chrome OS. If you are sent a link that claims to be a beta download for Chrome OS, it's a fake, don't download it.

This is not the first time "SUSE Studio" was used to pass their fake "Chrome OS" off as the real deal. They cleverly write "Google Chrome OS" all over it, and display official Google chrome icons, etc, yet in tiny font at the bottom they disclaim it as having nothing to do with Google:
"Chrome OS is not related to Google. Service provided by SUSE Studio. See the license."
All the while they're announcing it as "Google Chrome OS beta" which is getting passed around on Twitter and various Linux blogs and news sites. They've even used Google's own Sites service to distribute this impostor for added fraudulence. This is a rather under-handed attempt at getting publicity (not to say it was unsuccessful) for their distribution. It's utterly reprehensible that these con artists are exploiting the popularity of Google to distribute their sub-par SUSE variant, and frankly it really puts me off of all versions of SUSE in general.

I ignored it when the knock-off OS first made it's rounds, but I'm really getting sick of it. Your distribution is NOT Chrome OS and never will be, so please stop trying to peddle your crap on my internets!

*Update* The fact that someone is using SUSE to distribute this is what puts me off of SUSE, not that I think SUSE is responsible, just wanted to clarify that point.



2 comments:

marx said...

Just becuase it's produced with SUSE Studio doesn't mean it's anything to do with Novell or OpenSUSE. SUSE Studio is just a tool allowing you to easily create your own OpenSUSE-based linux distribution - any OS produced with it shouldn't be blamed on the SUSE and it's creators, just like you wouldn't blame Microsoft for something written in a Word document.

ch3mical fusi0n said...

Thanks for pointing that out, my verbiage was a little off.