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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chrome OS source code available!

Wow! I can't believe this hasn't got bigger news! As of this writing, the source code has been available for 8 days and I've only seen this one site announcing it. Not only that, but it only has 1 Digg! Really?

This is incredible. As soon as I finish this blog post I'm going to download it and compile it! Maybe I'll set up a binary file for all my (who am I kidding?) readers.

Definitely would recommend you check out the source link if you want to compile it yourself.


So I got lazy and downloaded an IMG from

Here's a quick tutorial on how to set it up in Virtual Box in Linux.

Download the file from (I chose to do the torrent way and was getting around 1 megabyte a second down)

Make a new directory for your extracted file. I called my chrome-os but you can call it whatever.

mkdir ~/chrome-os

Now, when I download things, I have them sent to my ~/downloads directory. Your directory might be different. (In Ubuntu, the directory is ~/Downloads note the capital "D")

We need to move the ChromeOS-Cherry.tar.gz to the new directory we created.

mv ~/downloads/ChromeOS-Cherry.tar.gz ~/chrome-os

Now we move into the directory.

cd ~/chrome-os

And unpack it...

tar -xvvzf ChromeOS-Cherry.tar.gz

That will create "ChromeOS-Cherry.img"

Here you have to options. We could just turn the .IMG into a VirtualBox harddrive, or we could burn it to a USB. I'll go over the former first.

To turn the .IMG directly into a VirtualBox harddrive we run

VBoxManage convertfromraw -format VDI ChromeOS-Cherry.img chrome-os.vdi


Now we just need to make a new instance in VirtualBox and attach the hard drive!

The second way is to burn it to a USB.


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

Where "X" is your usb drive (typically sdb or sdc depending on your setup)

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