sunnuntai 14. helmikuuta 2016

Testing ChromiumRPI 0.3 for Raspberry Pi 2

Chromium OS is like Chrome OS, you know, browser-only operating system. You must have seen Chromebooks with Chrome OS inside. From now on it's possible to turn your Raspberry Pi 2 into a "Chromium Book".

So, what is the exact difference between Chromium OS and Google Chrome OS? Let's see what Chromium OS Frequently Asked Questions has to say:
  • "Chromium OS is the open source project, used primarily by developers, with code that is available for anyone to checkout, modify, and build.
  • Google Chrome OS is the Google product that OEMs ship on Chromebooks for general consumer use." Source:
At the moment, the image of ChromiumRPI for Raspberry Pi 2 is available via the following link: 
Let's hope this project gets a proper home page in the future. I did find a Github page but I think it's not enough.

Extract the zip-package and burn the image on an SD card. If you face problems with the extension .BIN simply rename it to .IMG. Use Win32DiskImager (in Windows) or dd (in Linux).

In order to make Chromium OS work you have to download the file /etc/chrome_dev.conf from here: Open your File manager in Linux as root and find root partition. Then replace the old chrome_dev.conf with the one you downloaded. Handy, eh?

If you can't sign in try Control + Alt + F2. Then, login: chronos and password: chronos. Type sudo su and enter the password chronos again. Finally, type date -s “01/21/16“. 

I have no api-keys. My Gmail account won't work until I have api-keys. However,  I was able to login as guest, change language to Finnish and browse the web via ethernet.

If Chromium OS doesn't boot without errors then I suggest you wait for the next version 0.4 which will be available very soon - only a week from now.

My verdict: Let's wait a while. ChromiumRPI will get more mature in near future (version 0.4 will be released soon).

Chromium OS Desktop - looks similar to Chrome OS

Raspi 2 at work running
Chromium OS!

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