Chromium OS works on Apple's MacBook Air
A new hack has managed to load Chromium OS on to the previous-generation MacBook Air. The trick involves 'burning' an image of the OS to a USB flash drive and running Terminal prompts to move the OS and give it permission to run as a boot drive on the Apple notebook. Because it needs to run on the Mac's solid-state drive for the firmware to recognize the boot process, it has to wipe out the Mac OS X install; the creator, Hexxeh, urges every user to backup any data.
Samsung Alex Chrome OS netbook pops up
Details of Samsung's first Chrome OS netbook escaped late Wednesday with a code page (since pulled) for Chromium OS. Codenamed Alex, it would have the same 1280x800 screen resolution as the Cr-48 but pack a significantly newer dual-core, 1.5GHz Atom N550. Also spotted were 2GB of RAM and one of SanDisk's P4 mini-SSDs supplying storage.
Running Jolicloud 1.1 OS, Chromium OS derivative
After teasing its new cloud-based netbook a few days ago,Jolicloud has released official pictures (included below) of its new device. The Jolibook requires an internet connection to run cloud-based apps that gave been built using HTML5. To do this, it runs Jolicloud 1.1 OS, which is based on the Chromium OS.
Jolicloud to release Chromium OS-based netbook
France-based Jolicloud will soon release a cloud-based netbook called the Jolibook, according to an e-mail teaser sent out recently. The device will be based on Jolicloud's 1.1 OS, but Chromium OS will underpin it. The netbook will depend primarily on HTML5 to get native-like apps from the web.
'Chromepad' shown in brief video demo
In a follow-up to yesterday's report, the Hexxeh blog was updated with a video of an iPad running on Chromium OS. Now affectionately called the Chromepad, the video (embedded below) shows the modified device's interface shows a mouse cursor, giving more credibility to the claim.
Chromium OS shown running on iPad
Hexxeh, which builds Flow Chromium OS-based software for Windows, Linux and Mac computers, has posted an image of what it says is Chromium OS running on Apple's iPad. No details on how this was done were revealed, but they are promised to be forthcoming. The creator of the hack did say it involves a few catches, however, which likely means compromises in functionality.
Google wants printing over Internet
Google today addressed a common problem of portable devices by previewing a technology that would allow them to print anywhere. Cloud Print would use the typical printing option in an app but send the job to an Internet service that would in turn talk to an Internet-aware printer or one put through a proxy. As long as the printer is registered, a user could always print out a document even when well away from the home network.
Freescale shows reference tablet with Chromium OS
Freescale is again showing off its reference 7-inch tablet that is expected to come in at under $200, this time running on the Google's Chromium OS. The proof-of-concepts were demonstrated by Freescale's product manager of Software Development, and run on the company's i.MX51 chips. The video demonstration shows that the Chromium OS-powered tablets support hardware acceleration of HTML5-based videos.
Open Chrome OS gets full Ion hardware support
The open-source version of Chrome OS, Chromium, has received its first GPU acceleration today through the custom variant Flow. It now supports hardware acceleration through an NVIDIA Ion chipset and should get both basic support as well as added performance in those areas that can use the faster-than-usual graphics. Battery life has also increased and is matched by proper support for automatic updates.