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UK student and Chrome OS developer extraordinaire Hexxeh has posted an image of Chromium OS on a MacBook Pro in what he calls a “bit of relaxing Saturday afternoon ebuild hacking“.
The open source nature of Chrome OS lends itself to this type of hacking. Indeed, Hexxeh has been the forerunner of all things Chrome OS in terms of hacks, and it’s fun to watch the things that he comes up with. A while back he announced Chrome OS Lime, the next generation of his Chrome builds which have already surpassed a half million downloads.
However, he has recently contemplated getting out of the Chrome OS game altogether due to numerous support requests and the costs associated with serving up those builds. Here’s hoping Hexxeh will continue his work, and judging by this he plans to do so.
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
TechCrunch’s MG Siegler is reporting that there has been chatter about a “RC”, or release candidate build on the Chromium code site. It does indeed seem to be the case that there appears to be a version of Chrome OS that is going to be at a stable release.
This screenshot comes from on a post from October 3, so Chromium OS is at or near version 0.9.78.0. That’s got to be pretty close to version 1, which if the versioning is anything like Android (1 was the first release for devices) would mean an official release.
Being the multi-talented sort that he is, Hexxeh doesn’t only do Google-type stuff, he also develops Apple-based things in his spare time. No surprise then, that he has posted a picture of Chrome OS (well, Chromium OS) on an iPad. Although he does say about the Chrome OS iPad combo on Twitter “there are a few catches“. Still. Nice. Work.
You can follow Hexxeh’s seldomly updated blog here, but hey Hexxeh, can we have some video please?
Check out my interview with Hexxeh earlier this year.
Hexxeh posted last night some images of Chromium OS’s new HTML option menus, just as Chromium browser is now experimenting with the feature by placing the menu as a tab up top rather than as a window. Since everything is supposed to be browser-based in Chrome, it makes sense to show that the internal workings of the platform itself can be run with web technologies.
In addition to the options in Chrome browser, the operating system settings are a tad bit more complex. There is a System, Internet, Users and Labs sections to go with the standard browser Basics, Personal Stuff and Under the Hood (in the U.K. version it’s called Under the Bonnet). The most interesting thing I find here is that the Labs component has become an option menu, which probably foretells where that experimental section is heading in the future.
Anyways, here are the screenshots.