If you would like to try Chromium OS without disturbing your system or without going through the trouble of downloading the source code and building it, this blog-post is for you.
The Chromium OS has been built and bundled as a VMWare image (.vmdk). This image can be used with VMWare workstation, but this piece of software isn't free. So in this blog-post I will be targeting the free virtualization application - VirtualBox.
Oracle VM VirtualBox is an x86 virtualization software package originally created by a German software company Innotek, purchased by Sun Microsystems and now being developed by Oracle Corporation as a part of its family of virtualization products. Download VirtualBox from http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Download the VMWare image of Chromium OS as a zip file at - http://uploading.com/files/ff856c8d/chrome-os-0.4.22.8-gdgt.vmdk.zip
Extract the VMWare disk image from the zip using a compression utility like WinZip, WinRar or IzArc. Fortunately .vmdk images can be used in VirtualBox without any prerequisites, so we don't need a VMWare workstation to use the image.
I couldn't find a proper .vdi image when writing this article. If you find one, please post a link in the comments section. Either way, the series of steps will still be the same.
The following steps will get Chromium OS running in VirtualBox as a Virtual Machine.
- Start VirtualBox
- Create a new Virtual Machine
- Name the Virtual machine as Chromium OS and select the operating system type as Other/Unknown
- Allocate certain RAM for the operating system to run
- Use the existing available hard-disk (the image which we have just downloaded)
- The Virtual Media Manager ups on clicking the button beside the drop-down list
- Add the image file which was obtained after extraction
- The new image becomes the hard-disk for the virtual machine now
- Click on Finish to complete the process
- You can now see a new virtual machine docked on the right-hand panel of the window
- Double-click on the VM and Chromium OS boots up
- Login using your Gmail
That's it, Chromium OS is up and ready. Explore it!!!