From @tohipfortheroom and @haggster82, I bring you the latest Raspberry Pi2 port of ChromiumOS!
Update 27/02 – Lenny Bruce Downloads
Please review the readme contained in the download for flashing instructions.
Further detail available from https://www.reddit.com/r/ChromiumRPI/comments/46khws/official_release_chromiumrpi_v04_lenny_bruce_link/
Older Version Downloads and Instructions
The teams build notes and reference guide follow:
The image is slightly below 2GB in size, so it should fit on almost every microSD that still hasn’t worn out in 2016. While SD card performance is not a big issue for this OS, we would still recommend you use a Class 6 or Class 10 microSDHC if you want to remove any potential storage-related performance bottlenecks.
Unzip the file once downloaded.
- Connect the microSD to your PC
- Check what device name got assigned to it, e.g. by executing “dmesg” and then checking the latest output
- Most people will do this on Linux and on almost all systems running with one SSD/HDD with no other storage attached, the microSD will be /dev/sdb
- It is extremely important that you verify that you know the correct name of the microSD card device since otherwise you might overwrite one of your other devices
- Once you have identified the correct device, type: dd -if=theimage.img –of/dev/sdX (replace “theimage.img” with the actual name of the ChromiumRPI image file and the “X” in /dev/sdX with the correct letter of the microSD device)
- Type sync once complete to ensure that all the data has been flushed to the card.
- Get a disk imaging program, such as Win32diskimager which can be downloaded on http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager (we’d suggest you get the zip version instead of the installer in order to avoid potential Sourceforge drive-by crapware)
- Select the image within the imaging program, select the target drive
Depending on the speed of the microSD and your PC, the flashing process might take a while. Especially when flashing from the command line using dd, don’t be afraid since there will be no progress bar or any other status information; the command prompt will just appear again after the image has been written.
After it has been flashed:
- Insert the microSD into the RaspberriPi and turn it on. Currently we are using no splash screen and therefore you will see black screen for a while during boot until the logon screen appears, so this doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong.
Having Problems Signing In?
- press alt + Ctl + f2 to get to the dev console
- sign in with username “chronos” and password “chronos”
- sudo su
- enter password “chronos” again
- run this command “date -s “01/21/16” ( or whatever is the current date)
- Exit dev console and you should be fine to login
This is an early build, so we are aware of the fact that there are all kinds of bugs. Many of these have already been addressed in our latest code for which we will release new test builds soon. But feel free to report anything we might not have noticed yet. We are aware of the fact that the performance is not perfect in this build (we are using the lowest possible frequencies on all CPUs for this image, but not in the upcoming ones) and that the amount of open tabs may be limited (this has been fixed or upcoming builds as well).
We have mainly tested the image using the standard Fast Ethernet connection that the RaspberryPi provides.
Since we are using the vanilla, upstream RaspberryPi kernel, most, if not all Wi-Fi adapters that are supported by the other big distributions should work here as well. If you are using a Wi-Fi adapter that does or does not work, please let us know the model so that we can add it to our compatibility list.
Netflix and similar DRM based services are currently not supported. This is among the top requested features and we will try to get this to work as soon as we have stabilized and optimized our builds.
If you’d like to try and build the code yourself, you can find it here (the code on github does not necessarily contain our latest improvements yet):
For all support, any bug reports, feedback or suggestions for improvement can either be sent to: “tohipfortheroom at gmail.com”, “haggster82 at yahoo.com ” or posted into the official subreddit at https://www.reddit.com/r/ChromiumRPI . You can also try to catch them on IRC in #ChromiumRPI (Freenode).
- 8% overall performance increase
- Media Codecs are natively installed
- Many other small things
Some other reported and known issues: