Boot Chromium OS on your laptop

Chromebooks are quite hot now days as the big brands are offering different spec machines with Google ChromeOS installed on it. Ever wondered to give this a try?, i am sure you have that itch feeling to test this out. But wait, ChromeOS is not available to use, so what?. Long live open source.. We have an open source version of ChromeOS called Chromium OS. That’s the beauty of open source. Let’s give this a go.

1st of all you will need to download a build. We will use USB build. So go to this site and download a build of your choice (USB version).

After download, extract the img file inside. Plug in your USB and follow these steps to write the build img to USB. The only difference is, that it has .img extension but that does not make any difference. Just follow the steps and you will be good to go.

After done with the writing to USB, boot your system from the USB. Now the only trick here will be, that you need to press ESC key as your system starts booting. You will see:

aborted.
boot:

Now what you need to do is type this:

[cc lang=”bash” escaped=”true” nowrap=”false” noborder=”true” line_numbers=”false” lines=”1″ tab_size=”4″]

boot: chromeos-usb.A root=/dev/sdc3

[/cc]

OR

[cc lang=”bash” escaped=”true” nowrap=”false” noborder=”true” line_numbers=”false” lines=”1″ tab_size=”4″]

boot: chromeos-usb.A root=/dev/sdb3

[/cc]

Depends on your USB letter at the time when you wrote the img file into it.

Note: If you did not follow the steps above for booting, normally you will get a screen with Kernel Panic.

After that, the system will repair itself and restart, press ESC key when system restart. And this time it will boot to Chromium OS. A screen will appear asking for different options to set, like most importantly WiFi, Google account etc.

Don’t panic for some time, it will take a while to boot/show login screen etc most probably a min or less.

Chromium OS Menu

Chromium OS Settings

Chromium OS Files

Chromium OS Files

Congratulations, you have successfully boot to Chromium OS.

[Tested on Samsung Series 9 Ultra book]

openSUSE 12.1 installation (dual boot with windows 7)

One of my favorite distro openSUSE, 12.1 is released already and i haven’t tried it out until yesterday. I am amazed as always from the improvement openSUSE implement each time it releases new version. Love the green buttons and green progress bar this time(in installation). Ok, so as the title says, i will guide you step by step with installation beside window 7. I will try to make the things simple as i can specially in partitioning step. Installation medium used will be openSUSE 12.1 64bit KDE live CD. System configuration are:

  • Intel Core i5
  • 4GB Ram
  • Switchable graphics (Intel and AMD Radeon)
  •  DVD drive to boot from.

I assume you already have windows 7 installed and have free space on your disk for openSUSE. If you don’t have yet, and want to create one for openSUSE Gparted can help you in this, i will not go into more details with Gparted here. But its easy to use, just download it, burn its iso file as image and boot your machine from it, partition your disk as you wish. Also make sure you backup your data and files on a external disk or flash before the partition took place through Gparted. Just to be on the safe side. Download openSUSE 12.1, burn the iso file to a CD and also check the md5sum before burning. So let’s start…

1-  Boot from the live CD, which you just burned and go to the live desktop. Now is the time to start installation. Click on the install icon on the desktop.

2-  Select language and keyboard layout as shown in the screen.

3-  Select your location and set the date & time.

4-  Now is the time to setup the partitions on the disk. To create our own partitions click on the button ‘create partition setup‘, and it will bring you here.

5-  I already have my disk partitioned(used Gparted) as shown in above image. Sda3 is my root partition where i will install the OS, Sda7 is used as swap. In the image below you can see that how to setup your partition for use. Choose your drive(for me sda3) and click edit, it will bring the window same as the image below. You can the see the options there, one can keep the options as i did in the image.

6-  If you want to mount your partitions like windows one and other linux drives: for windows just use /windows/c for c drive and /windows/d for d drive and so on… for linux /Backup (you can change that word as to your taste) and so on… don’t forget the swap ya… You can see the mount points in the image below. Also remember for windows partitions you need to choose ntfs in the File system while writing the mount point.

7-  And this is the final partition window you will see, make sure here that every thing is in order…

8-  In this window you will create new user for your system.

9-  And the final stage, where you will see all the changes and stuff you just did, carefully read it and go ahead with the installation if nothing is a show stopper.

10-  Installation progress with the greeny progress bar…

Installation is finished partially. Choose to reboot. After 1st reboot, installation will setup the configuration for the hardware and system, this time it will not show any GRUB MENU for multiple OS. But the next time you reboot, it will show you the nice graphical screen with multiple boot options for Linux and windows.

Note: If something went wrong at the grub menu for multiple OS, follow this tutorial to repair/install the grub again.

I tried to make this guide/article very simple and easy to follow, but if still you think you can’t go ahead with this guide, drop a comment below and i will try to answer at my best.

Enjoy and have fun! 🙂

Ubuntu 11.04 is released

Ubuntu has announced the latest release of its family OS and this time things are little different than before, we have Ubuntu with new desktop called Unity. I have tested the beta version and it was awesome. I am downloading it ATM and will try it out. So don’t miss it and download it now OR upgrade from your previous version. Upgrade process can be done via update manager(very simple). After upgrading you have the choice to use the new desktop or switch to old(gnome or other) desktop from the login screen. Choice is yours.

Download from Ubuntu Site.

What’s new in it

Features

Good luck and enjoy the fun!