Google ChromeOS will do many wonderful things – the free and open-source version ‘Chromium OS’ sadly won’t.
Many of these ‘features’ can, given the nature of what Chrome/iumOS is, be enabled easily in both – including in the current browser versions of Chrome/ium.
Wondering whether ChromeOS will be able to play back music files? Well, Yeh-uh! Except unlike traditional desktop media players this one will be embedded in the browser.
Due to licensing issues with many of the codecs required for MP3 playback the open-source version of ChromeOS – ChromiumOS – will lack this support. We see this situation with many Linux distributions too, so it’s nothing shocking.
chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra (Click to install)
MP4 & H.264 Playback
As with MP3 playback, certain video formats are also restricted in Chromium. Again, one package soon fixes that: –
chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-nonfree (Click to install)
Built in PDF
Finally Chrome comes with a very neat (emphasis on the very there kids) built in PDF viewer. No more need to download then open in Acrobat etc., just click > view.
The procedure to install this is a little bit more complex and Chrome Story have the steps summed up perfectly. Redirect yourselves to chromestory.com/2010/11/how-to-enable-chromes-inbuilt-pdf-plugin-in-chromium-ubuntu/ and follow along.