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Although Google has released the source code for Chromium OS, Chrome OS requires specialized hardware to run- hardware that, at the current juncture, will only be available on the Chromebooks which are slated to release in June. For many of us, this means that we’ll have to wait until June to give Google’s newest platform a whirl.
There are a few ways of getting around the whole specialized hardware hurdle; one of them is to use VMware and run Chromium OS via virtual machine. It’s actually not all that difficult to do:
Step 1: If you don’t already have a Google Account, create one. You’ll need it to log in.
Step 2: Download the VMware version of Hexxeh’s Chrome OS Vanilla. Do note that in some of the newer versions, there are bugs with networking. Hexxeh recommends either downloading an older version, or waiting a few days for a new build to release.
Step 3: If you’re running Windows or Linux, swing by VMware’s website to nab yourself a copy of VMware player or VMware vSphere Hypervisor. You’ll need to create an account to download, but don’t worry- both products are free. If you’ve a bit of money in your pocket, you could shell out a bit extra for one of their premium Virtual Platforms, but it’s not strictly necessary. If you’ve got a Mac, you’re going to need VMware Fusion, instead. If you’re running Linux, look here for further instructions on how to install VMware Player.
Step 4: Configure VMware Player with vmware-config.pl
Step 5: Place the downloaded image in the VMware folder. This isn’t strictly necessary, but it’s a good idea to keep organized, as a general rule.
Step 6: Open the image in VMware Player, by using an existing virtual disk, ensuring that the VMware Player is configured to use Bridged Networking instead of NAT.
Step 7: Log in with your Google Account information. Enjoy!
That’s…basically all you need to do. Rather simple, isn’t it?
Just like the Chrome browser, it has long been Google’s goal for Chrome OS to have a Stable, Beta and Dev channel for feature iteration. In a move that signifies a closer move to a Chrome OS release, there now is a Stable Channel. You can find this on the latest builds of Chromium OS by going to the about section under the wrench.
Commercial Chrome OS devices will be shipped in the Stable Channel, which is the consumer-friendly version just like in the browser. This provides evidence that we may see some sort of major announcement about Chrome OS during Google’s I/O developer conference being held May 10-11.
The screenshot above was taken from a build of Chromium OS that was run in a VM from Hexxeh where Stable was the default option. This was an addition that is documented on the Chromium site. As of right now, the Cr-48 does not have a Stable Channel available, which is confirmed by looking at the automated tool that lists every build of Chrome and the version. But judging by this, we can very much expect to see one very soon.
During last December’s Chrome event, VP Sundar Pichai announced that Acer and Samsung would be the first hardware partners to launch Chrome OS devices by mid-2011. It would seem that I/O would be a great launch platform, or at the least a time when we get an update from Google about the progress of Chrome OS.
The Chrome OS laptop Pilot Program has seen its time come and go. There are a lot of people interested in what Chrome OS can do that were not the recipients of the device, and anyone outside of the United States was pretty much left out. But there are alternatives available, such as Hexxeh’s Chrome OS Flow and Vanilla builds.
Chrome OS Flow is actually an older, yet user-friendly version that works on most hardware. Vanilla comes from daily Chromium OS builds and doesn’t work with a wide array of devices. But Hexxeh is close to release daily VM builds of Chrome OS Vanilla, as evidenced by this screenshot that shows Chromium OS R12 running in VirtualBox.
For those of you who are not going to be able to get a Cr-48 laptop, there are still ways for you to use Chrome OS on an old laptop lying around. The most popular and accommodating to hardware drivers is Chrome OS Flow, release by a UK developer name Hexxeh.
There is also Chrome OS Vanilla from Hexxeh, which is essentially a compiled version of what the Chromium OS project are pushing out. For more information on downloading Chrome OS for yourself, go here.
Anyways, Hexxeh is now saying he plans on releasing a new version of his builds called Lime. We’re guessing that this is in an effort to update his build for the new Chromium OS builds that are arriving every day. This along with enhanced hardware support a la Flow would be a huge hit, we’re looking forward to trying it.
It should be available in a few weeks, barring any beta testing setbacks. To get on the beta list go to ##hexxeh on irc.freenode.org. Let us know if you get a chance to try it out!
via Hexxeh’s Blog
In a blog post last night, Hexxeh announced his release of a new version of his Chrome OS builds called Vanilla. Instead of creating one of his own and auto-updating it, however, he has decided to take builds from the nightly release of Chromium. This simplifies the task of building it yourself – which requires a 64 bit machine to do.
It makes sense for Hexxeh to start offering Chromium as Chrome OS Vanilla. I had been starting to think that separate builds from the UK student were becoming unnecessary since Chrome OS is so close to a release. Now one can easily get a copy for USB booting.
Take note: not all of these builds are going to work, but as they are tested by large numbers of people there will be feedback on those that build and those that do not.
Anyways here is a link to the downloads, and have fun. We’ll be taking a closer look at the build as soon as well polish up this post.
Here is how you boot a USB drive with Chrome OS.
Hey Hexxeh, where’s that touchscreen enabled version of Chrome OS you showed off last month?