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How to Test Drive Chrome OS Features the Chromium Way with VirtualBox

How to Test Drive Chrome OS Features the Chromium Way with VirtualBox

You might have heard about the upcoming Chrome OS Coverage in the new Chromebooks, code interpretations. There are many speculations about the features of the new Chrome OS, we will show you some newly reported features with just a little bit of work and the credit goes to Chromium OS. Chromium OS is an open source development version of Google’s Chrome OS and you can download nightly builds of it all thanks to Liam McLoughlin (aka Hexxeh), Liam calls these “Vanilla builds”, which are  are bleeding edge, unstable development builds. They allow you to take a tour of the latest and greatest that Chromium OS has to offer, but to get started you must have a 4GB USB stick, VM Player, or VirtualBox.

Step 1: One of the most easy way to get started is to use a USB thumb drive which has minimum 4GB and then you can move towards Hexxeh’s website from there you can easily download the latest nightly build for USB thumb drive installation. Users who are using Windows will have to use Windows Image Writer and after that you have to select IMG file and select the USB device from the menu. Users of Ubuntu, Linux can also install and use a similar utility called USB Image Writer, which can be installed from the Software Center.

Step 2: When your Chromium OS image file has been written to your USB drive, then you have to just do is reboot your computer and boot to the USB drive. If not then configure the options by entering the BIOS Setup or depending on your computer to boot to USB drive. Then click an F-key upon start-up to choose a boot device. That’s it. You’re now booting a Chromium OS nightly build and you must know that this would not affect your existing OS.

Step 3: Liam has us covered by providing both VMware and VirtualBox images for those who don’t have3 4GB storage device. To start with VirtualBox the users of Windows OS will want to download and install the application from their website while Ubuntu users are safe to install VirtualBox via the Software Center. After you have downloaded VirtualBox you have to download the Chromium OS VirtualBox nightly build. After that you have to extract the VDI file somewhere on your computer.

Step 4: Then you have to launch VirtualBox and proceed to create a new VM (virtual machine) you can choose whatever name you feel like, based on the memory your computer has and in the next step you must be careful and use at least 1GB of RAM (1024 MB) and if you have extra memory, go ahead and boost the RAM up to 2GB (2048 MB) and if you are able to run Chromium OS successfully with both 1GB and 2GB of RAM.

Step 5: Then you will want to use an existing Virtual Hard Drive, click the browse button and select the Chrome OS VDI file that you downloaded and extracted in previous steps. Now you can finish the wizard by clicking NEXT and FINISH, you can also configure additional options by selecting your new created VM and pressing the ‘Settings’ gear icon. Under settings, select System. Depending on your computer system, you can boost up the processor from 1 CPU to 2 CPU.

Step 6: Then you have to go to the main VirtualBox Manager screen and now you are ready to launch Chromium OS. Now proceed and start your VM by clicking the green ‘Start’ arrow icon, new windows will be opened and will boot up in few seconds. To get started with your VM you have to click inside the newly launched window. This will allow your Chromium OS virtual machine to capture your keyboard and mouse input.

Step 7: In your VirtualBox if you want to go the main desktop you will have to click Right Ctrl button. This will release your keyboard and mouse and allow you to move your mouse outside of the virtual machine window. If you’re using VM Player, you’ll want to hit Ctrl and Alt. If you are facing any problem in using your mouse while inside Chromium OS and you want to disable Mouse Integration. You can do so by right clicking on the mouse icon in the bottom right corner of your VirtualBox window (to the left of the down arrow beside Right Ctrl).

Step 8: After your keyboard and mouse settings are good and are working then you can begin setting up Chromium OS. You can Log in with your Google account credentials, to proceed. If you use Google Chrome, your settings will begin syncing, such as your extensions and applications.

Step 9: If you want some of the features of Chromium OS, for that you have to launch a browser window and type chrome: //flags in the omnibar. For example to enable Rich Notifications. You have to restart after any changes have been made and there are many flags to look for and some are added recently.

Step 10: Additional features and new flags appear all the time and a good source for all things Chrome OS is François Beaufort on Google+. If you Circle him, he’ll let you know the moment a new, cool feature pops up in the latest development build. And if you want to use the new features all you have to do is revisit Liam’s website, download the latest nightly and extract it. Then, go to your Chromium OS VirtualBox ‘Setttings’, select Storage, right click on your old Virtual Hard Drive and remove it. Then, click the + Icon to add a new Virtual Hard Drive. You’ll want to point to your newly downloaded and extracted image file.

How to Test Drive Chrome OS Features the Chromium Way with VirtualBox on March 17, 2016 rated 4.5 of 5

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