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Built and ran Chromium OS on VirtualBox

Google’s intention to store the world’s data in its own server results in another linux variant which is called Chrome OS. It is based on Chromium Open Source OS actively developed by Google. Yesterday it was open sourced at very very premature level for communities contribution.

Today I have successfully downloaded, built and installed Google Chromium OS on VirtualBox. It is just Chrome browser for end user as of now (may be always). Google has designed it with linux kernel and Debian package management system. So, it is basically a debian family linux distribution.

I downloaded, built and tested it with VirtualBox virtual machine running on my Ubuntu 9.10. This Chromium link describes step by step manual for the entire task. I used image built for VMware to run Chromium on VirtualBox.

Here you find my twitter updates during this entire process.

thank God! I am running Chrome OS on VirtualBox on Ubuntu 9.10. :-) :-)

about 13 hours ago from web

my stupidity!! i was trying to convert chrome os image to vmware disk in chroot-ed env, facing error. now doing in host shell, it is done.

about 13 hours ago from web

./image_to_vmware.sh: line 46: qemu-img: command not found – facing this error while converting google chrome os image for vmware :-(

about 14 hours ago from web

chrome os image for USB pen drive built. buliding vmware image…

about 14 hours ago from web

Kernel build successful, check ~/trunk/src/build/x86/local_packages/linux-image-2.6.30-chromeos-intel-menlow_002_i386.deb

about 14 hours ago from web

google chrome os kernel build is running… feeling sleepy, going to bed. good night!

about 19 hours ago from web

building platform packages and kernel for google chroimium os…

about 19 hours ago from web

making local repository to build chromium os….

about 20 hours ago from web

git is getting me the chromium os source right now at my workstation…

about 21 hours ago from web

 

thank God! I am running Chrome OS on VirtualBox on Ubuntu 9.10. :-) :-)
about 13 hours ago from web
my stupidity!! i was trying to convert chrome os image to vmware disk in chroot-ed env, facing error. now doing in host shell, it is done.
about 13 hours ago from web
./image_to_vmware.sh: line 46: qemu-img: command not found – facing this error while converting google chrome os image for vmware :-(
about 14 hours ago from web
chrome os image for USB pen drive built. buliding vmware image…
about 14 hours ago from web
Delete
Kernel build successful, check ~/trunk/src/build/x86/local_packages/linux-image-2.6.30-chromeos-intel-menlow_002_i386.deb
about 14 hours ago from web
google chrome os kernel build is running… feeling sleepy, going to bed. good night!
about 19 hours ago from web
building platform packages and kernel for google chroimium os…
about 19 hours ago from web
making local repository to build chromium os….
about 20 hours ago from web
git is getting me the chromium os source right now at my workstation…
about 21 hours ago from web

Once you boot Chromium OS, you get plain login screen which takes your gmail id as login (very similar to Android OS for mobile platform).

Screenshot-Chrome OS [Running] - VirtualBox OSE-1


Once logged in Chrome browser is found open in maximized state. Apart from this you can find Network status icon, Battery status indicator and Data/Time applets on top right most corner. From end user’s perspective only these applets are available apart from browser. In top left most corner, there is a tab in browser, which lists down the shortcut icons for most popular web applications.

Screenshot-Chrome OS [Running] - VirtualBox OSE

I am yet to know more about the architecture of this OS. Soon you can expect in this site.

3 comments for “Built and ran Chromium OS on VirtualBox

  1. Jake Lewis
    August 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    i have tested chrome os both at home and at work, it does not seem to be better than ubuntu'”;

    • August 12, 2010 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks for your comment.

      Yes, Ubuntu is more powerful and flexible enough to run most of the applications. But we can’t compare apple with orange. Chrome OS is a cloud computing client OS, NOT traditional **everything on my hard disk** kind of system.

  2. December 22, 2009 at 10:58 am

    i was searching for such info about google chrome for long time thanks for sharing

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