Chromium beta now available for the Raspberry Pi

Developer Liam McLoughlin is still working on porting the Chromium OS operating system to run on the Raspberry Pi $35 mini-computer. But today he’s released the next best thing – a beta version of the Chromium web browser designed to run on the Raspbian Linux operating system.

Raspbian is a version of Debian Linux optimized to run up to 40 percent faster on the Raspberry Pi’s hardware, and Chromium is the open source version of Google’s Chrome web browser.

Chromium browser on the Raspberry Pi

The Chromium web browser is a bit of a resource hog, so McLoughlin recommends overclocking the Raspberry Pi and using a speedy SD card or USB flash drive for the Raspberry Pi’s storage for best performance.

The Raspberry Pi computer features a 700 MHz ARM11 processor and 256MB of RAM. The $35 model has Ethernet, USB, and HDMI ports, but doesn’t come with any storage, so you need to use your own removable media in place of a traditional hard drive or solid state disk.