Since the release of the CR-48 for Google’s Chrome OS Beta it seems as if Chromium OS has simply been forgotten. All the news and hype has focused on Google’s new Chrome Notebook and how thousands of early adopters are getting to grips with it.
We’ve all been waiting patiently for the next iteration of Hexxeh’s popular Chromium OS Builds. Hexxeh announced the planned release of Chromium OS Lime after the December 7 Chrome Event which saw the launch of the Chrome OS Beta program. Here’s an excerpt of a blog post be made on December 15th:
Google’s most recent update to Chrome OS (Dev mode) has brought GSM support for the Gobi 3G chip in the CR-48 Chrome notebook. It hadn’t been tried and tested yet, but today we received am email from Hexxeh letting us know that he has actually succeeded in switching his CR-48 to GSM mode. But that’s not the best part; Hexxeh also confirms that it is now possible to use the CR-48 on the AT&T network.
Hexxeh has done it again; a few days ago came ‘Luigi’ and now he’s hacked his CR-48 Chrome Notebook to run Android OS. You may remember that a few months ago he even hacked an Ipad so that it could run Chromium OS. We recieved the news with much schepticism but it turns out he actually did it!
Maybe I’m blowing things out of proportion. However it seems that Hexxeh’s Luigi Utility and the events surrounding it have sparked a bit of controversy in the Chrome OS communities. On the face of it there’s little argument. Google sent out a bunch of Cr-48′s to test out Chrome OS in a real world environment while they do fine tuning. There’s even a user agreement in the pilot program signup that states anyone who gets one has to use that as their primary box for the duration. Case closed right? Can of worms time!
We’ve all seen it coming folks; and now ‘Luigi’ is here! During the last few days Hexxeh and a couple of other CR-48 enthusiasts have been working on a ‘firmware toolkit’ to allow users to installed unmodified versions of any operating g system they want. Yes; any OS from Windows 7 to Ubuntu and even OSX. A couple of users at the Chrome OS Lounge have had the opportunity to test Luigi and give feedback directly to Hexxeh (see the thread here).
A lot of you who are already active on the Chrome OS Lounge (forums) are already aware that it is indeed possible to install Windows 7 on a CR-48 Chrome Notebook. It doesn’t come as a massive surprise as Google already made it clear during their Chrome Event last month that anyone should be able to install any operating system to the CR-48 when in ‘developer mode’; after-all Ubuntu has already been successful installed on the CR-48.
The last few weeks have seen the fan-fair of the final unveiling of the long awaited Chrome OS beta program. Over 14,000 CR-48 Chrome Notebooks have been shipped thus far and an estimated 46,000 are still to come. Even-so, amid all this excitement independent developers are working hard to keep the Chromium OS project going. One such developer who we’ve come to know as ‘Hexxeh’ isn’t sitting on his laurels; he’s hard at work on what will be Chromium OS Lime, the successor to Chromium OS Flow.
Some of you may remember that a month or so ago we had the chance to interview ‘Hexxeh’ (Liam McLoughlin) who is by far the most recognizable Chromium OS developer thus far. He has compiled such great Chromium OS distributions as Chromium OS Cherry, Flow, and Vanilla. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his thoughts regarding the recent release of the Chrome OS Beta and the unveiling of Google’s CR-48 Chrome Notebook.
Today I had the chance to interview ‘Hexxeh’; the creator of the most popular Chromium OS distributions since Google released it’s source code. Most of us are already familiar with his work; his latest being Chromium OS Flow which is now being used by over 85,000 people each day.
Today Hexxeh tweeted a picture which seemed to display Apple’s Ipad running Chromium OS. More opportunistic bloggers (Kat Hannaford from Gizmodo) quickly turned the tweet into an over sensationalized story about how Hexxeh had possibly ported Chromium OS onto Apple’s star product.
Today, Hexxeh revealed a new build of Chromium OS which he seems to have code named ‘Vanilla’. This new release is straight from Google and he has described it as “beta quality” on his blog. He empasizes that due to this the build may not even be stable enough to run for some people but may run for others