Create your own Chromebook with Chromium OS

Chromium OS and Chrome OS: ChromeOS is a very interesting operating system. It runs on Google laptops called Chromebooks.

Using Google's ChromeOS has some additional benefits from using Chromium OS. Chromium OS is the open source version of Google's locked operating system, ChromeOS. But it works just like Chrome OS. The difference is that all proprietary plugins (flash, Netflix encoders, etc.) are missing. So if you don't own proprietary codecs and software on ChromiumOS it doesn't bother you, you can install it and make your own Chromebook.Chromium OS

Download Chromium OS

If you want to download to Chromium OS, there are not many options available. This is because Google does not issue builds. Instead of releasing builds, it releases the source code for anyone who wants to use it.

Today there is a website that is running ChromiumOS images on a daily and weekly basis. So if you want to create your own Chromebook, that's where you need to get started. Visit the site and download a build.

Let's say builds are different. Daily builds tend to be less stable. On the contrary, weekly images are much safer to use and are generally considered the best way to get started. However, there are also special builds.

Special builds are a good option if you want to use ChromiumOS, but Daily and Weekly builds do not work on your computer. Special builds contain additional drivers and work on most computers out of the box.

This is the best option if the other builds do not have the drivers you need. On the download site, select the build you want in the most recent version. Then, click the download button to start the download process. Extract the * .7z file when the download is complete.

Create the Live Installer

To pass ChromiumOS to a USB from a system with Linux Or with Mac, we will use the terminal (terminal)

Provide the following commands:

cd ~ / Downloads

to go to the download folder, and

dd if = * .img of = / dev / sdx

to pass * .img to USB.

Let's see what the last command means.

Dd is a UNIX application that allows you to convert and copy files. At the point where the above command says * .img give the full name of the img that is in the download folder.
Let's look at the continuation of the command: of = / dev / sdx, is the point where dd will write img. In x of sdx, type the letter corresponding to the port that you have connected to USB, for example: of = / dev / sdb

To create an installation disc in Windows, install this program and follow the instructions on the download page.

Launch Chromium OS

You can start the Chromium OS installation USB as you do with every Live USB. If you have never done so, you will have to set the BIOS of your computer to start from the USB stick and as a second option put your hard disk. Keep in mind that each BIOS is completely different. Some can access the BIOS by pressing DEL, F2, F10, ESC, etc. Look on your manufacturer's page or Google to see how you can change the BIOS settings in your model.


When ChromiumOS starts, use the login menu to connect to the operating system. When you log in, start the terminal by pressing CTRL + ALT + T together. You are now at the ChromiumOS terminal, but to begin the installation process, you will need to load the Bash.

At the terminal, enter:


Then set a password. Password is important, as you will not be able to access root without it. Make sure you have a secure password and you will not forget it. Type the following command to set the password.


Immediately afterwards you can start the installation process.

sudo su

Log in as root with the code you specified earlier and type the following command

/ usr / sbin / chromeos-install

Be aware that installing ChromiumOS will erase your hard drive!

Let's also mention that although the main goal of this article is to make ChromiumOS work from your hard drive, we need to know that this is not the only way to use the operating system.

Like many other Linux operating systems, ChromiumOS can run and be used directly by Live USB. If you are not sure that you want to use ChromiumOS as the primary operating system on your computer, a good alternative is to keep the operating system on the USB and use it from there.

Those of you who want to look beyond the big disadvantage of unprotected software (ChromiumOS) will find themselves in front of an amazingly awesome operating system. It performs very well and features most Chrome OS features.

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