Google announced yesterday that they'll be releasing their Chrome OS-equipped netbooks later this year, dubbed Chromebooks. If you aren't a fan of their hardware (or you don't want to pay $US500 for one), you can easily make your own.
$US500 (or $US350, if you're looking at the smaller version) is a lot to pay for a netbook, especially one clad with a non-Microsoft operating system. Usually, you can grab a Windows 7-equipped netbook for $US250 or $US300, and if you install Chromium OS on it (which is freely available, as it's the open source version of Chrome OS), you'll have yourself a mighty cheap Chromebook.
Weblog ExtremeTech goes through the steps of finding and putting together your Chromebook, from finding the right netbook, installing Chromium OS from a USB stick, and the subtle differences between Chromium OS and the official version we'll see come out this summer. Hit the link for the full walkthrough.
How to Make Your Own Chrome OS Chromebook [ExtremeTech]