Chromium OS Special Builds

Chromium OS Special Builds are an enhancement to the default vanilla builds of Chromium OS to allow support for as many  devices as possible.

All downloads are located at http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/index.php?dir=special and will be updated as new functionality is brought into the build as well as regular maintenance releases to keep the UI up to date.

Two deployments are currently supported, x86 (32 bit) and amd64 (64 bit).They are based on the x86-generic and amd64-generic overlays but have the following additional support:

The builds also allow Over The Air (OTA) updates from dev servers. From the browser, just go to Settings > About > Check for and apply updates and magic will happen. Updates will be automatic for builds after R46-7323 and will allow for development tools update with a single shell command:

sudo stateful_update

Install is exactly the same as http://arnoldthebat.co.uk/wordpress/chromium-os/

Have fun testing and using it. Feel free to feedback with whatever isn’t working as expected and I’ll try to build in to the next release!

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


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.




572 thoughts on “Chromium OS Special Builds”

      1. Cool, good luck. I installed it ok via Crostini on build 74 but I don’t think all the kernel modules were present as I had no joy launching it.

  1. I am having issues connecting to my google domain to use as a Chrome Box for Meetings (CBFM). When logging in I get an error:

    “Oops! The system failed to establish the device installation-time attributes lock.”

    is CBFM support included within “Enterprise enrollment support?”

  2. Hi Arnold,
    Really good job here!
    Probably I’m newbie but I’d like to know why special compilations doesn’t seem to be bootable from USB but Vainilla ones work like charm. I have flicketing issues with a radeon x2300 when I load chromium in vainilla on my old laptop si I’d like to try those special ones with radeon support. No luck with special distribution as they are not recognized by bios when booting.
    Thanks for any help it could give further steps!

    1. Hi

      There isnt that much difference in the Special vs Vanilla builds these days apart from additional graphic and touchpad support (scrolling) in the specials. Ive noticed in the latest vanilla builds scrolling also seems to work so give that a go and see how you get on!

  3. Hi Arnold,

    I am not able to go beyond initial welcome screen, as I am not able to get wifi working. I am trying to install R74 Special build on Asus Transformer Mini T102HA which has Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 wireless chipset.
    Can you help me in getting Wifi working on the special build, so that I can complete the installation?
    Thanks.
    Jinesh

  4. Is it support on my AMD E1-1200 CPU laptop?
    Laptop Model: Toshiba Satellite C50D-A164
    RAM: 2GB
    If support please tell me which version i can download.

  5. Hi Arnold,

    I just discovered your work after looking at repurposing an old laptop since it’s been showing it’s age with Windows 10….

    The Special edition runs fine with the Packard Bell easynote (AMD E1, some sort of Radeon) but I can’t seem to get WiFi working. The ethernet works fine and I’ve been able to use it for browsing, but just wondering if there you could advise on the WiFi issue please?

    The track pad seems overly sensitive as well but livable.

    Great work 🙂

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