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?