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Nov272009

Chrome OS with Wi-Fi support running on Dell Mini 10v netbook and Vostro A860 – USB image file download available

“ChromiumOS is a small, optimized OS from Google, designed to make it extremely easy to browse web. Without a network connection, ChromiumOS isn’t very interesting. But with network connection, ChromiumOS shines. Chromium browser’s extremely fast and makes for a great web-centric browsing experience. Boot time’s quick too – about 12 seconds from hitting power button.” After seeing it running on a Vostro A860 netbook (embedded below), Dell released a customized Chromium OS, complete with functional Wi-Fi drivers, and have made the build available for download as a USB key image “ChromiumOS_Mini10v_Nov25.img” file. Once downloaded; to copy onto an USB key (8GB minimum), find another Linux machine and use “dd” command: dd if=ChromiumOS_Mini10v_Nov25.img of=/dev/sdb. Here /dev/sdb is my entire USB key… use “fdisk -l” to see how your USB key’s named for your particular environment. Be careful to select your USB device. Some additional notes:

Login user name: “dell”. Desktop login window will complete user name by adding “@gmail.com” to end
User password: “dell”
Root password: “dell”
Also included a script in /etc called “mount_rw.sh” to allow root (or sudo) to remount the root partition for updates/changes/whatever you like.

Chromium OS on Vostro A860:

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