Remember yesterday’s post about the official Google chart enumerating Chrome OS-friendly hardware? Well, forget that, because there’s something better.
Since Chrome is built on Linux and the Chromium OS source is freely available, it’s fairly easy for some (not yours truly, unfortunately) to dig in and hack the code into something more usable. Enter Diet Chromium OS.
Built by developer Hexxeh, Diet Chromium is about 1GB when expanded and only a 300MB download. That’s less than 5% the size of Dell’s enthusiast build, and it will run on a heck of a lot more than a Mini 10V.
Like what? Like your favorite notebook, or even a full-sized laptop. I was able to run it flawlessly on my 15.4″ Acer Aspire 5100 via a USB flash drive.
Here’s how to take Diet Chromium OS for a spin from a system running Windows:
- Download the torrent (or grab a direct dl link from the list of mirrors here)
- Download and extract Image Writer for Windows
- Extract the Diet Chromium .tar.gz file using 7-zip (or you favorite archiver)
- Launch Image Writer, browse for your newly-extracted .img, and write it to a 2GB or better SD card or USB flash drive
- Reboot, and force your system to boot to your Chromium OS drive
On my system, the 802.11G connected to my wireless router without a hiccup and suspend/resume worked flawlessly (which is something Ubuntu still can’t get right). Surfing was smooth, and the only real glitch I noticed was occasional clipping on the tab bar. A quick pass over with my pointer and things re-drew properly.
Have you tried Chromium OS yet? Share your experiences in the comments!