These days, it is not necessary to buy a physical ChromeBook to run and pilot Chrome OS. NeverWare, has taken an open source branch of Chrome OS, and packaged it as CloudReady, an operating system that can run as a live USB, enabling any PC or Mac to boot-up natively into a Chrome OS environment.
Boot-up time takes around 20 seconds on a Kaby Lake i7-based desktop PC. The user is then presented with a fully working version of Chrome OS, and complete access to the Google Chrome store.
The operating system is based on Linux as this screenshot of the Chrome OS terminal shows.
In the next slide we explore how Chrome OS links to cloud-based storage.