IPCUG ChromiumOS Demo

IPCUG ChromiumOS Demo – Clint Tinsley – December 13th, 2018

Why Build Your Own Chromebook using Chromium?
* Free
* Use “Old” Hardware – Something that runs Windows7/8/10 64 Bit
Limited 32 Bit support for older computers “Certified List”
Only for older computers and netbooks, as noted on our certified models list.
* Better Storage!
Use local hard drive for “Downloads” Folder (df -h 451 GB)
USB Access
* Local Printing
* All available Memory
* CloudReady Installed Apps: VirtualBox OBE (Out of the Box, Ready to use)
* Linux Shell available in cros shell (Not available on Google Chrome!)
* Touch Screen Support
* Laptop!
* I was told to Install Windows 10 or better, so I installed ChromeOS!
* Lightweight
* Faster
* No Upgrade Nightmares or waiting…
This week there have been two cumulative updates plus several others
and I have spent over 2 hours just updating one computer. (Screen Shots)

ChromeOS Browser
VirtualBox – Run Virtual Machines on top of Chromium!
Webstore Apps

Terminal Usage in Browser: control-alt-t (help control-shift-?)

Installer: https://skycocker.github.io/chromebrew
curl -Ls https://raw.github.com/skycocker/chromebrew/master/install.sh | bash
crew search ssh
crew install vim
cd /home/chronos/user/

Explorer Neverware Website
CloudEditions & Pricing
Get Started – Get the Free Version
https://www.neverware.com/freedownload Downloads
Windows: Download USB Maker
Scroll Down for links to 64 Bit and 32 Bit Installer Binaries
Neverware – 32 bit and 64 bit.
Use CloudReady USB Installer (easiest and fastest but 32 bit Chromium browser even on 64 bit, unless you specifically download the 64 install for the install.)
Note: Dual Boot configurations are not supported by CloudReady.
Slideshow:  Neverware Windows Install.

Process: You start out by downloading the Windows Executable: cloudready-usb-maker.exe The 45 MB Installer needs to run from a location where it can download a 1GB compressed image zip file which then gets extracted to a bin file that is 6.8 GB in size on the local media before it actually gets “installed” onto the target USB Drive, which then you would be able to boot from.  The bin file is not structurally an “iso” file.

Building the ULTIMATE Chromebook with Cloudready by Neverware and the ASUS Zenbook UX31a

ChromeOS (Chromium Developer) (ARM, 64Bit, 32Bit)
Make Use Of: How to Run Google Chrome OS From a USB Drive:

Make Use Of: How to Turn Any PC or Laptop into a Chromebook or Chromebox:

Download & Install

https://arnoldthebat.co.uk/wordpress/chromium-os/  <==Instructions
https://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/?dir=daily         <==files
sudo dd if=Camd64OS-20181117010101.img of=/dev/sdb bs=4M

https://www.balena.io/etcher/  (Etcher Install Windows/Mac/Linux)
http://getchrome.eu/download.php  (LiveDVD or USB)

Chromebook User Manuals

Chrome OS User Guide.pdf

Asus Chromebit – Google ChromeOS on a stick.
I bought one but found it cumbersome to use and didn’t have all the functionality of CloudReady or Chromium.  Also, dated, manufactured in 2017.  Setup Issues:  Wireless connectivity, Bluetooth setup for keyboard/mouse, wired USB hub configuration didn’t work.  I returned it for a full refund!

Why Not???

Chrome/Chromium/CloudReady is NOT:

1. Windows
There seems to be some wine support in CloudReady with Notepad++
Meeting in AdobeConnect was impossible even though fully supported
  In Chrome, it wouldn’t load the Window’s Executable for the meeting.
1. Android
Reportedly some Chromebooks do support some apps from the PlayStore but not all
ChromeOS appears to be more Linux that Android even though Android has Linux roots.
1. Linux
Linux shell is not accessible in my ChromeOS Chromebit Stick
And there are limits to what you can do.
Chromebrew has to be installed to install Linux packages.
Not all Linux packages are available in Chromebrew.
1. Chromebooks cost as much or more than Windows based laptops/2n1’s and your entire world is now owned by Google and stored on their servers!

Chromium on $35 RaspberryPi

Running Chromium OS On Raspberry Pi 3? Device Can Replace your Chromebook?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8ko5nar9f0  (You have to listen really closely!)

I’ve done this and it supports all the same Chromium OS Browser features found in CloudReady including the terminal shell command.

Process:  Download 16 GB Image:

Burn to SD card using Etcher:
Etcher SD/USB Image Writer (understands .xz files)

ChromiumOS for All Single Board Computers (SBC)

Getting Started with Chromium on the Rasberry Pi


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