Coder extraordinaire Hexxeh earned much of his reputation from porting Chromium OS to just about everything, some of his targets more audacious than others. It’s about time he come full circle and port a Google platform to another Google platform, and he just recently did that with a very early Chromium OS conversion for the normally Android-based Nexus 7. Details are scarce other than that WiFi and touch input are working, although that’s really all that’s needed for something so web-centric, isn’t it? We’ll cut Hexxeh some slack when he says he’s in no rush to produce a more easily installed build for Jane and Joe Modder — when he mentions spending hours hacking the OS into the tablet just for fun, he probably deserves some leeway.
Well known ChromiumOS developer Hexxeh has been fiddling around with the Raspberry Pi since its debut and his latest experiment is a beta version of the Chromium browser, ready to run on Raspbian images. While it’s not the full Chromium OS (that’s still under development) it should help ease the pain of browsing the web on one of the $ 35 Broadcom-powered units. It still requires quite a bit of horsepower however, so overclocking your Raspberry Pi and using a fast USB stick or SD card for storage is advised, hit the source link below for more instructions on downloading and running the 35MB~ package.
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The open source version of Google’s Chrome OS just got a zesty refresh. Capable of being housed in a mere USB stick, the latest image improves on Hexxeh’s Vanilla release with hardware support for more WiFi models and NVIDIA 6 series GPUs and above. It will still benefit from regular updates to the latest Chromium build, while this Lime flavor arrives with full Java support and the promise of more plugins soon. The maker is also willing to accept suggestions for future device support. Chromium obsessives with hardware compatibility woes can try getting in touch at the source below.
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The commenters there are, predictably, accusing it of being a photoshop job, citing the usual pixels and EXIF data. I don’t see any reason why Chromium shouldn’t be able to run on iPad hardware, other than that Apple has put some barriers in place to make it inconvenient. A skilled hacker could make it happen no problem.
Before you all go running to your iPads thinking of installing dual-boot, just hang on a few months and wait for both iOS 4.2 and the real Chrome OS, which I guarantee will be way cooler than the open Chromium builds.
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Click on “Get the Chrome OS image here!” (Not the “get it here” for the USB bootable version.)
2. Download WinImage from:
Run the program and click DISK – “Restore Virtual Disk Image on…
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