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06 Dec 11 Try Chrome OS on a USB stick with Lime

Google is slowly trying to change the way we access the web and use online service by replacing the more typical operating systems we mainly rely on today with Chrome OS. The only official way to start using Chrome OS at the moment is to purchase a Chromebook, but they are a few hundred dollars.

Instead, you could download the open source project and attempt to build it yourself, but there is an easier way. Liam McLoughlin, otherwise known as Hexxeh, a hacker who has already had Chrome OS running on an iPad, and ported Android to Google’s Cr-48, maintains a version of Chromium OS that you can run directly from a USB stick.

The latest version of his version of the OS is called Lime, and it can be run from a Windows PC, Mac, or Linux machine. All you need do is download the image, load it on to a USB stick, and boot your machine from that stick.

Lime is actually the latest in a string of releases Hexxeh has made, with the last being called Vanilla. Lime is a much improved version though, adding a lot of extra hardware support. The OS is now compatible with a range of Wi-Fi solutions (various Broadcom, Ralink, Realtek chips), and introduces support for Nvidia GPUs series 6 and beyond. The need to have support for a PAE kernel has also been removed opening it up to significantly more machines, and Java is now fully supported meaning many more plug-ins will be made available.

Hexxeh admits that Lime has seen significant delays, but is the better because of it. A new image will be built every day that includes the latest hardware support, meaning staying up to date should be just a case of putting the latest image on your USB stick.

The best feature of Lime is the fact it’s completely free to use, and doesn’t require investment in new hardware. If you’re curious about Chrome OS, this is one of the easiest ways to give it a try.

Read more at Hexxeh, via Engadget

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