Chromium OS Zero has arrived !! |With Installation instructions for Linux|.vmdk image download

Chromium OS Zero is released , is what announced today Hexxeh in his blog, The new update comes with many improvements , newer version of ChromiumOS code, Major speed improvements for many users ,reduced Broadcom delay ,new artwork for the boot process ,Full extension support ,reduced download size, clocks in at under 250MB ,Still fits on a 1GB USB drive despite the

new features ,beginnings of multi-language input (requires a little terminal work to add your language as there is no UI yet) ,quite a lot more!. Bellow we explain the installation steps on Debial/Ubuntu and via command line, also how to convert the ChromiumOS image to a .vdi format, so you can test it directly in your virtualbox machine.

Download Chrome Zero OS :

Mirror 1 : Chrome Zero OS

Mirror 2 : Chrome OS Zero

Before to start installing Chromium OS Zero on you USB, check first if your Netbook, Laptop or Desktop are known compatible to run Chromium OS Zero, please check the list first. Now if is compatible, to continue you will need a 1 Go USB drive and the Chromium Zero image.
To install Chrome OS Zero on Debian/Ubuntu :

1. Extract ChromeOS-Zero.img to any location.
2. Install USB-ImageWriter using Synaptic Package Manager
3. Run Applications –> Accessories –> ImageWriter and Choose location of image file and SD or USB drive location


4. Write image and reboot.


Install Chrome OS Zero using command line :

1. Extract ChromeOS-Zero.img and run the following command in the same directory as the file, where X is the device name of your USB drive.

      sudo dd if=ChromeOS-Zero.img of=/dev/X bs=4M

2. Once the command finishes, you can then boot from the USB drive.

Convert Chromium OS Zero.img to a virtualBox format .VDI and Mvware format .vmdk :

a- Convert to .vdi format :

This methode is useful if you don`t have a compatible computer, laptop or Netbook and you want to try chromium OS Zero.

1- Download and Extrat Chromium zero tar file, then cd to the directory where you extracted chromium.

2- Open the terminal and type the command :

VBoxManage convertdd ChromeOS-Zero.img ChromeOS-Zero.vdi  

A new file with format .vdi will be created.

b- convert .img to .vmdk (VMware image) :

To test on Vmware machine you need to convert the current .img to .vmdk image , so basically, you need to create a generic 32-bit Linux virtual machine in VMware. Just make sure the hard disc is set to use IDE and not SCSI. Then you need to use qemu-img to convert the Chrome OS disk image into a vmdk with the following syntax:

 qemu-img convert -f raw chromeOs-Zero.img -O vmdk chromeOs-Zero.vmdk

After, that, just replace the virtual hard disk VMware created with the Chrome OS vmdk, and you should be good to go.”

Now open VirtualBox and create A new virtualMachine, now during the creation process, choose Linux/Ubuntu for the OS type, select use existing hard drive image when prompted, and add your ChromeOS-Zero.vdi.

When your computer starts up for the first time, the username and password are both facepunch. Normally these login details will be your Google account username and password, but if your machine is not yet connected to the internet, facepunch it is. If all goes well, your keyboard, mouse, and wireless or Ethernet adapter will work with Chromium OS and you’ll be in the cloud in seconds.

NB : I haven’t yet been able to boot the new version in VirtualBox, however, so you may want to stick to Cherry for now if you’re planning to test drive Chromium OS in a virtual machine. You can still download Cherry via bittorrent.

You can download our .vmdk image and load it directly to your vmwar machine :

ChromiumOS Zero .vmdk image (Link 2010-01-18 15:15:22)

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