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Chromium OS builds for the Raspberri Pi on the way, build your own now

Chromium OS is the open source version of Google’s Chrome Operating System. Like Chrome OS, Chromium is basically an operating system built around a web browser. While there are only a handful of Chrome OS devices available for purchase right now, Google makes the source code for Chromium available — and that means it’s possible […]

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Future Chromebooks could have Ivy Bridge processors… maybe

The first notebooks to hit the streets running Google Chrome OS were powered by Intel Atom low power processors. The good news is that means the Acer AC700 and the Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks get decent battery life. The bad news is that they feel surprisingly sluggish for computers that don’t really run much software […]

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Chromium OS gets a desktop and window manager, looks like a proper OS

Right now Google Chrome OS is little more than a Google Chrome web browser running on top of a Linux kernel. There’s no desktop or taskbar, and there aren’t many native apps built into the operating system unless you count the file browser or media player which open in in browser tabs. But Google may […]

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Chromium OS Lime offers better hardware support and Java plug-in

Just as with Android, Google makes the open source base for Chrome OS available for all to download. But if you’re not keen on setting up a 64-bit Linux build environment, what can you do? You can download a pre-compiled Chromium OS from Hexxeh, who’s long been the name to know in Chromium OS DIY […]

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Chromium OS ported to the MacBook Air

Some folks like to say that the MacBook Air is an overpriced netbook, with a starting price of $999 since it’s smaller and less powerful than a full-fledged MacBook. Other folks like to say that Samsung and Acer’s Chromebooks are overpriced netbooks with prices starting at $349 since they have netbook-like components, but a simplified operating […]

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Panelize turns any website into a Chrome OS Panel

One of the slicker features in Google’s Chrome OS is referred to as Panels. They’re the pop-in panes you see in some Chrome OS screenshots for things like the file browser, download shelf, and Google Talk. Those native features are pretty slick in panel form, but wouldn’t it be cool if you put your favorite web […]

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Enable Google Talk Voice and Video chat in Chrome OS and Chromium OS

Confusingly, when Google builds a new product the company doesn’t always make sure it plays nicely with the company’s existing (and often extremely popular) offerings. Take Google Chrome, for example. When the web browser was launched (and even to this day), frustrated users still want to know why they can’t access their Google Bookmarks out-of-the-box […]

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Xi3 ChromiumPC coming July 4th: Desktop PC running Google Chromium OS

Google has already suggested that Samsung would launch a low power desktop PC running Chrome OS in the not-too-distant future. But a company called Xi3 is going to try to beat Samsung to the punch with a low power desktop computer running the open source version of Chrome OS. The Xi3 ChromiumPC is due out on July […]

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Chromium OS turns Trim Slice mini-desktop into a tiny Chromebox

The Trim Slice is a tiny $199 desktop computer with a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, HDMI output, and a few SD card slots. For a little more money you can get some internal storage, WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. While Compulab, the company behind the Trim Slice has been pushing the platform […]

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Experimental handwriting support added to Chromium OS

The first notebooks running Google Chrome OS will go on sale next month, and Google says right now its targeting the operating system at notebook and desktop computers, not tablets. But behind the scenes we’ve seen plenty of evidence that Google is also considering how to make Chrome OS tablet-friendly. The latest clue comes from […]