Chromium OS now runs on the Raspberry Pi

The ChromeOS-inspired Chromium OS has been ported to a couple Raspberry Pi models. The ChromiumRPI releases are only at version 0.5 right now, and they're missing some yummy features like support for Wi-Fi, Netflix, and HTML5 video—but they do run. While this latest release only supports the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 devices, the future is bright for other single-board computers (SBCs). SBC donations to the Chromium OS project from several companies suggest that it should become available on more boards than just the Raspberry Pi at some point. The range of donated boards include Hummingboard Edge, Orange Pi, Lemaker, Nano Pis, and more.

The project isn't just looking for testing hardware. It's recently recruited Kevn McAleer to implement Chromium OS for the Pine64 board, showing its dedication to targeting these new boards, too. Based on the donated board names, it seems there's a focus on Raspberry Pi compatiblity, so I'm not sure if there's any future plans to expand to higher-end SBCs like HardKernel Odroids or other low-power boards like as BeagleBoard Bones. Still, if you enjoy tinkering with these things, Chromium OS is another arrow in the quiver alongside Microsoft's versions of Windows 10 for these devices.

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    • Unknown-Error
    • 4 years ago

    I prefer black currents

    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 4 years ago

    Still waiting for my Pine +64 board. I was miffed about the shipping delay (the addons caused the delay, not the board) but now I’m glad. By the time I get my board hopefully all these teething issues with just the OSes should be solved. I am hoping, that is.

      • Raymond Page
      • 4 years ago

      I’m not sure I’d hold my breath. Getting the kernel + hardware drivers to play nice for every new board is essentially the same task as the initial port. So if the RPI 2&3 have hardware issues with wifi and can’t get Netflix to play nice with the media decoders, it will probably be a similar issue for the Pine64.

        • TheMonkeyKing
        • 4 years ago

        The big issue is that they worked on the 1GB platform before shipping out. One of the stretch goals was to offer a 2GB model. But now they can’t get the images to work well with the additional memory plus the first boot loops if you have Ethernet attached. So it’s their SoC conflicting with the generic drivers. Oops.

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