ChromiumOS Special Build – R54-8659

Update 14/08/16 – Dev server updates are now available. To update from older builds (post version R46-7323), just go to ‘About Chromium OS’ and click on ‘Check for and apply updates’. This is with regard to Special builds only and not the new Vanilla builds noted below.


New Special Builds out today!

Download 64 bit Special build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Camd64OS_R54-8659.0-Special.7z

SHA1: 9d8461bf2a5c1c7523d676bc3e9418df82f864ec

Download 32 bit Special build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Cx86OS_R54-8659.0-Special.7z

SHA1: 0a06c1e04c165d3f3415d6725143331e10a1e954

Fixes:

  • Improved media codec support – MP3, H264
  • Improved AC97 soundcard support

Enhancements

Known Issues: https://github.com/arnoldthebat/chromiumos/issues

The Update Server will be made available in the next week or so.


In addition to the Special Builds, there are now enhanced Vanilla builds. These allow Google Drive integration and certain enhanced media codecs. This should allow the users with working daily builds more functionality and usability.

These Vanilla builds will also update automatically as and when I get the Update Server ready.

Please do not log issues with the Vanilla build since they are a courtesy build and will only work on devices with Freon supported graphics and CMT supported touch pads. WiFi and Ethernet will also have reduced support.

Download 64 bit Vanilla build from http://chromium6.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Cx86OS_R54-8659.0-Vanilla.7z

SHA1: 4d5b6e4f10a43cc6ed2b2b41ec8270a7728ed99f

Download 32 bit Vanilla build from http://chromium6.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Cx86OS_R54-8659.0-Vanilla.7z

SHA1: 2e8d8c5c8a26bc2ec06fd47e061ef24110b0acfd




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ChromiumOS Special Build – R52-8268

Update 08/06/16 – Dev server updates are now available. To update from older builds (post version R46-7323), just go to ‘About Chromium OS’ and click on ‘Check for and apply updates’.


New Special Builds out today!

Download 64 bit build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Camd64OS_R52-8268.0-Special.7z

Download 32 bit build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Cx86OS_R52-8268.0-Special.7z

Fixes:

  • None – Maintenance Release

Enhancements

  • R52 Chromium Release
  • Kernel version 4.4
  • Google Drive Integration
  • Improved Linux Firmware Support as per https://gitweb.gentoo.org/repo/gentoo.git/tree/sys-kernel/linux-firmware/linux-firmware-20151207.ebuild.
  • Improved Wireless support due to disabling APManager

Known Issues: https://github.com/arnoldthebat/chromiumos/issues

The Update Server will be made available in the next week or so.




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ChromiumOS Special Build – R50-7881

Update 06/03/16 – Dev server updates are now available. To update from older builds (post version R46-7323), just go to ‘About Chromium OS’ and click on ‘Check for and apply updates’.


New Special Builds out today! Apologies for the epic delay in getting this released.

Download 64 bit build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Camd64OS_R50-7881.0-Special.7z

Download 32 bit build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Cx86OS_R50-7881.0-Special.7z

Fixes:

  • None – Maintenance Release

Enhancements

  • R50 Chromium Release
  • Google Drive Integration
  • Improved Linux Firmware Support as per https://gitweb.gentoo.org/repo/gentoo.git/tree/sys-kernel/linux-firmware/linux-firmware-20150812.ebuild. This will be updated to the latest build (20151207) on the next version deployment.
  • Improved Wireless support due to disabling APManager

Known Issues: https://github.com/arnoldthebat/chromiumos/issues



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ChromiumOS Very Special Build – Raspberry Pi 2 Builds

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.

Flashing Instructions

Unzip the file once downloaded.

On Unix/Linux/BSD:

  • 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.

On Windows:

  • 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
  • Flash

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):

Support

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).

ChangeLog

  • 8% overall performance increase
  • Media Codecs are natively installed
  • Many other small things

Some other reported and known issues:

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ChromiumOS Special Build – R48-7549

New Special Builds out today!

Fixes:

  • None – Maintenance Release

Enhancements

  • Google Drive Integration!
  • Improved Wireless support due to disabling APManager
  • Google Apps for Work/Education users now work without hanging at login. I’m unable to test Enterprise Enrolment however for device control so please test and feedback.

Known Issues: https://github.com/arnoldthebat/chromiumos/issues

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ChromiumOS Special Build – R47-7451

New Special Builds out today!

Download 64 bit build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Camd64OS_R47-7451.0-Special.7z

Download 32 bit build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Cx86OS_R47-7451.0-Special.7z

Download 64 bit USB build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Camd64OS_R47-7451.0.U-Special.7z

Download 32 bit USB build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Cx86OS_R47-7451.0.U-Special.7z

Fixes:

  • None – Maintenance Release

Enhancements

  • Dev Server updates are now compiled in at build time.

Known Issues: https://github.com/arnoldthebat/chromiumos/issues

Synaptics drivers are still the default for touchpad as per my previous post. CMT is proving challenging to get working on all devices currently without a myriad of config files!

In addition, I need to do some additional tidying to make the builds more portable across build servers. Ill be doing this prior to bug fixing for the next build.

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VirtualBox Vanilla Builds

Ill be retiring the vanilla VirtualBox VDI builds toward the end of September.

The reason is the builds have had a lack of graphics support for some time now so aren’t really workable. I wont remove the builds until they age out automatically however, so feel free to download as needed since the OS still boots and the network will connect.

Special Build deployments with VirtualBox/VMware graphics support will be coming ‘soon’!

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ChromiumOS Special Build – R46-7323

New special builds out today!

Download 64 bit build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Camd64OS_R46-7323.0-Special.7z

Download 32 bit build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Cx86OS_R46-7323.0-Special.7z

New Features:

Updateable USB versions. No need to install to your hard drive anymore since Dev Server updates should now work direct to USB drive! These should start to work from the next special build deployment onwards.

Download 64 bit USB build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Camd64OS_R46-7323.0.U-Special.7z

Download 32 bit USB build from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/special/Cx86OS_R46-7323.0.U-Special.7z

Fixes:

None – Maintenence Release

Known Issues:

Synaptics drivers are still the default so whilst these work well, I’ll need to port to CMT soon for OS based support so users can change settings. This means that in settings, the keyboard and mouse are seen as not detected (but still work fine).

Other News:

Dev Server updates are available as per http://arnoldthebat.co.uk/wordpress/2015/07/11/dev-server-now-available-for-special-builds/ .

In addition, stateful updates are working again for the special builds but currently rely on a little editing. In order to fix for now, please update your /etc/lsb-release to reflect the changes below from shell after you have successfully updated your build and prior to reboot

sudo su
mount -o remount, rw /
vi /etc/lsb-release
For amd64 builds
CHROMEOS_DEVSERVER=http://chromebld.arnoldthebat.co.uk:9080
CHROMEOS_AUSERVER=http://chromebld.arnoldthebat.co.uk:9080/update

For x86 builds

CHROMEOS_DEVSERVER=http://chromebld.arnoldthebat.co.uk:9090
CHROMEOS_AUSERVER=http://chromebld.arnoldthebat.co.uk:9090/update

Then type the following and reboot once completed.

sudo stateful_update

I’ll be looking to hardcode the dev server end points for the next special build update so that only an optional stateful_update command is needed.

As ever, please test and feedback!

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Dev Server now available for special builds

Dev servers are now available to update ChromiumOS special builds. Starting at version R45-7216, both x86 and amd64 versions are available.

Please test and feedback!

To update, get to command prompt (Ctrl-Alt-T), then enter shell as normal. Then issue the following commands:

For amd64 builds

update_engine_client --update --omaha_url=http://chromebld.arnoldthebat.co.uk:9080/update

For x86 builds

update_engine_client --update --omaha_url=http://chromebld.arnoldthebat.co.uk:9090/update

As ever, this update will overwrite any customisations you may have done (such as flash and API_KEYs). Please backup beforehand!

Happy updating!

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