Chromium OS – Exton Build 160525 – with YouTube and Spotify working fast and responsive

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May 25, 2016

About ChromX
I have compiled Chromium OS from source. Just for fun. Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web. My Chromium OS Build 160525 is for all 64 bit “normal” Desktop computers and laptops. If you have unusual hardware you could check out ArnoldTheBat’s special Chromium OS builds.

How do I run Chromium OS?
Normally you run Chromium OS from a USB stick, but the system can also be installed to hard drive. Could be useful if you want to bring new life to an old computer. Be aware of the fact that Chromium OS can’t be installed together with other Linux systems (or any other OS). It will “take” the whole disk.

The difference between Chromium OS and Google Chrome OS
Chromium OS is the open source project, used primarily by developers, with code that is available for anyone to checkout, modify, and build.
Google Chrome OS is the Google product that OEMs ship on Chromebooks for general consumer use.

Used kernel
4.4.4

Install my Build 160525 to a USB stick of at least 6 GB
A. In Windows you can use Win32DiskImager. It will look like this. (Unzip chromiumos-amd64-base-exton-454mb-160525.zip first).

chromiumos-win32diskimager

B. In Windows you can also use an app (Chromebook Recovery Utility) in Google Chrome. Do it like this.
1. Start by downloading your Chromium OS (chromiumos-amd64-base-exton-454mb-160525.zip) installation file. Do not unzip the file, this may cause issues with the USB creation process.
2. Open the Chrome web browser and install the Chromebook Recovery Utility plug-in from the Google Chrome Web Store. To install it, visit the link and click “Add to Chrome.”
3. After the plug-in has installed, click “Launch” from the Web Store page to open the Chromebook Recovery Utility.
4. In the Recovery Utility, click the gear icon on the upper right-hand side and select “Use Local Image”.
5. Find and select the chromiumos-amd64-base-exton-454mb-160525.zip file that you located in Step 1.
6. When prompted, insert an 8 or 16 GB USB device that you want to turn into a Chromium OS installer. Make sure it has no important files on it, as it will be completely erased. Select your USB drive from the drop-down menu and click “Continue” and then “Create Now.”
7. The process of creating your Chromium OS USB installer will take around 20 minutes. Some Windows installations may display a security prompt, click “allow” to let the process proceed. Note: The progress bar in the Chrome Recovery Utility may go over 100% and show incorrect time estimates. This is not a problem.
8. When the process has completed you will see a green check box – you can now remove your Chromium OS USB installer and use it! You can create as many additional USB installers as you want using the process above.

USB installation in Linux
In Linux you shall open up a terminal and run this command: sudo dd if=chromiumos-amd64-base-exton-3600mb-160525.img of=/dev/sdX bs=4M
(You shall of course replace /dev/sdX with for example /dev/sdb or /dev/sdc. Check it carefully before you run the above command).

Notes about USB sticks
It appears that not all USB sticks are suitable for topical purposes. I.e. they can not be made bootable. I myself have experience of brands Kingston DataTraveler, SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0, SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 and Sony Micro Vault. The first three works (for me). You shall not use USB sticks of older model. They may work, but mostly bad. If you – after the installation of Chromium OS to the USB stick – get different error messages when you try to run the system from the stick it is often because the stick is not “good enough”.

Install to hard drive
If you want to install the system to your hard drive, follow the instructions here and here. Beware of the warnings noted in the links! When prompted for a password for the chronos user, use “exton” (without the quotes!).

USB persistence
All your system changes will (of course) be automatically saved directly on the USB stick.

Updates/upgrades
You do not have to take any action in order to keep your system up to date. Chromium OS will itself check for updates each time it is launched and automatically install them.

Enable Spotify
Flash has to be installed. Do it like this. Leave the Chromium OS Desktop by pressing the keys Ctrl Alt F2 simultaneously. Log in as user chronos with password exton. Become root with sudo su (password exton). The run the following (magic) command: curl -L http://www.brash.ca/flash.sh | bash
It will look like this – screenshot 1 and this – screenshot 2.

Netflix
Unfortunately you can’t run Netflix in the Chromium Browser. Silverlight/Widevine is impossible to install for many reasons.

Screenshots when Chromium OS is running
Showing installed apps – screenshot 3. As you can see it shows a lot of Android apps installed by me on my Android mobile phone using the same Gmail address as the one I’ve used to log in to Chromium in Chromium OS (ChromX). Even Google Play Store is there. All apps (for example Google Maps) work, but you can’t install new apps using Google Play Store.

Spotify is running – screenshot 4

Chromium OS GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE

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This build of ChromX has been replaced by Build 170212

2 thoughts on “Chromium OS – Exton Build 160525 – with YouTube and Spotify working fast and responsive”

  1. All comments since May 26, 2016 until February 3, 2017

    Cristiano Ronaldo says:
    May 26, 2016 at 1:02 am Edit

    32bit ?

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    exton exton says:
    May 26, 2016 at 5:14 am Edit

    No, only 64bit.
    Reply

    [图]Exton定制Chromium OS系统现开放下载 – 来科技-来科技 says:
    May 26, 2016 at 3:12 am Edit

    […] 感兴趣的用户可以下载镜像,并根据官方提供的教程将系统写入到USB闪存中,通过引导将操作系统安装到你的私人电脑上。 […]
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    Exton定制Chromium OS系統現開放下載 | Comeposts.com says:
    May 26, 2016 at 5:01 am Edit

    […]   感興趣的用戶可以下載鏡像,並根據官方提供的教程將系統寫入到 USB 閃存中,通過引導將操作系統安裝到你的私人電腦上。 […]
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    exton exton says:
    May 26, 2016 at 5:23 am Edit

    Softpedia about my Chromium OS Build 160525: http://news.softpedia.com/news/custom-chromium-os-build-now-available-for-64-bit-laptop-and-desktop-computers-504494.shtml
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    开源新闻速递:并没有什么用的 Chromium OS-IT技术宅-IT技术宅 says:
    May 26, 2016 at 8:28 am Edit

    […] 如果你觉得 Chromebook 比较贵的话(真的吗?),你可以下载 Chromium OS 来体验一下,只需要写入一个 USB 棒跟着指导进行就可以了。不过,最后,我觉得这些都没什么用,你懂的。 […]
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    Linux News Today: Custom Chromium OS Build Now Available for 64-Bit Laptop and Desktop Computers | Blog Luthfi Emka says:
    May 26, 2016 at 9:32 am Edit

    […] to do right now, and you want to give Mr. Exton’s custom Chromium OS build a try, you can download the binary image and follow his detailed instructions on how to write it on a USB flash dri…, which you’ll use to boot and install the operating system on your personal […]
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    pival81 says:
    May 26, 2016 at 11:27 am Edit

    can i use in live?
    Reply

    exton exton says:
    May 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm Edit

    I don’t know what you mean. You run it from a USB stick with persistence. I.e. all your changes are saved automatically on the stick.
    Reply

    Joe Corporon says:
    May 26, 2016 at 12:04 pm Edit

    The zip file would not extract in Linux or Windows. Tried downloading it twice with the same results both times.
    Reply

    exton exton says:
    May 26, 2016 at 6:40 pm Edit

    Yes, I’ve uploaded a new zip file. The first one was corrupt. I forgot to check the upload with md5sum as I did with the zip-file uploaded to the Swedish Linux Society. Very sloppy of me. I really apologize for it.

    Thanks for letting me know about it.
    Reply
    Joe Corporon says:
    May 26, 2016 at 8:56 pm Edit

    Thanks. I look forward to trying it out!
    Reply

    Exton定制Chromium OS系统现开放下载 – ITMAX- says:
    May 26, 2016 at 12:27 pm Edit

    […]   感兴趣的用户可以下载镜像,并根据官方提供的教程将系统写入到 USB 闪存中,通过引导将操作系统安装到你的私人电脑上。 […]
    Reply
    Wayne Tempel says:
    May 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm Edit

    Awesome! Thanks
    Reply
    Cristiano Ronaldo says:
    May 26, 2016 at 9:22 pm Edit

    Thanks bro
    Reply
    Chromium OS de 64-bits já está disponível para download says:
    May 27, 2016 at 4:02 am Edit

    […] Então, se você não tem nada melhor para fazer agora e quer dar uma chance para a build customizada do sistema operacional da Google criada por Arne Exton, você pode baixar a imagem do SO e, em seguida, criar um dispositivo USB bootável com o arquivo. Caso você tenha dúvida de como fazer isso, é possível encontrar algumas instruções, como também o link para download, clicando aqui. […]
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    Build customizada do Chromium OS de 64-bits já está disponível para download – Caderno de estudo TI says:
    May 27, 2016 at 4:35 am Edit

    […] Então, se você não tem nada melhor para fazer agora e quer dar uma chance para a build customizada do sistema operacional da Google criada por Arne Exton, você pode baixar a imagem do SO e, em seguida, criar um dispositivo USB bootável com o arquivo. Caso você tenha dúvida de como fazer isso, é possível encontrar algumas instruções, como também o link para download, clicando aqui. […]
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    Chromium OS Exton Build 160525, con YouTube y Spotify, kernel de Linux 4.4.4 y mejor rendimiento says:
    May 27, 2016 at 6:06 am Edit

    […] Chromium OS Exton Build 160525 puede ser descargado desde el sitio web oficial del proyecto, en http://www.exton.se/?p=818. […]
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    Ellie says:
    May 27, 2016 at 6:42 am Edit

    any chance of using 4.6 kernel?
    Thanks in advance
    Reply

    exton exton says:
    May 27, 2016 at 7:20 am Edit

    No.
    Reply

    Alcion says:
    May 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm Edit

    Por fabor, como se instala en el pc?
    saludos y gracias.

    Please, as installed on the PC?
    greetings and thanks.
    Reply

    exton exton says:
    May 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm Edit

    Be very careful! Chromium OS can normally not be installed alongside Windows or any other OS.

    INSTALL to hard drive
    If you want to install the Chromium OS to your hard drive, follow the instructions here and here. Beware of the warnings noted in the links! When prompted for a password for the chronos user, use “exton” (without the quotes!).
    Reply

    juanito escarcha says:
    May 27, 2016 at 7:17 pm Edit

    como instalo aplicaciones de la play store?
    Reply

    exton exton says:
    May 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm Edit

    No, but I wrote this.

    Screenshots when Chromium OS is running
    Showing installed apps – screenshot 3. As you can see it shows a lot of Android apps installed by me on my Android mobile phone using the same Gmail address as the one I’ve used to log in to Chromium in Chromium OS (ChromX). Even Google Play Store is there. All apps (for example Google Maps) work, but you can’t install new apps using Google Play Store.
    Reply

    Alex says:
    May 28, 2016 at 1:31 am Edit

    How I make this on Ubuntu?
    Reply

    exton exton says:
    May 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm Edit

    Use the dd-command.
    Reply

    Scarlett says:
    May 28, 2016 at 5:49 am Edit

    The instructions for getting it to install to the hard drive is extremely difficult to follow if you’ve never done any programming and have beginner’s skills with Linux 🙁
    Reply

    exton exton says:
    May 28, 2016 at 5:19 pm Edit

    Yes, that’s why I say you should be very careful when/if you do it. I.e. if you don’t know what you are doing you shouldn’t do it or take help from someone who know a little bit about Linux/computers.
    Reply

    runbokang says:
    May 29, 2016 at 5:44 am Edit

    how to make the wireless work?
    Reply

    exton exton says:
    May 30, 2016 at 5:34 am Edit

    It should work out of the box. If it doesn’t the system/the kernel lacks support for your card.
    Reply

    jelabarre59 says:
    May 30, 2016 at 12:47 am Edit

    Tested on an HP Pavilion DV6700.
    It gets to the message:

    Decompressing Linux… Parsing ELF… Performing Relocations… Done.
    Booting the kernel.

    sits there for 2-3 minutes, then the system reboots. The next time it gets stuck at the same place, then hangs there and never goes any further (doesn’t even reboot the second time around)

    Tried with two different USB keys, different brands and specs.
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    exton exton says:
    May 30, 2016 at 5:32 am Edit

    Sorry to hear that. Nothing to do. Maybe you have better luck with one of ArnoldTheBat’s special builds.
    Reply

    jelabarre59 says:
    May 30, 2016 at 12:48 am Edit

    I meant to ask at the end of that message if there was any debug info you would like collected
    Reply

    jelabarre59 says:
    May 30, 2016 at 5:11 pm Edit

    I found the same problem with the ArnoldTheBat versions as well. So I tried both yours and his by making .vdi files of the images, and booting under VirtualBox. Again, both yours and his hang at the same place.
    Probably best to stick with minimalist Linux installs and find the most basic shell needed to run Chromium browser.
    Reply

    lucas says:
    May 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm Edit

    How can I setup touchpad to left click hold and drag window
    Reply
    Herald says:
    June 16, 2016 at 10:21 pm Edit

    Will you continue to update this?
    Reply

    exton exton says:
    June 17, 2016 at 6:44 am Edit

    Yes, as I do with all “my” other systems. On the other hand I wrote this on the info page.

    Updates/upgrades
    You do not have to take any action in order to keep your system up to date. Chromium OS will itself check for updates each time it is launched and automatically install them.
    Reply

    adeus rugas says:
    February 3, 2017 at 9:07 pm Edit

    I’ll share on facebook 🙂

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