DIY Chromebook By Installing Chromium OS On Any Netbook

Google announced yesterday that they'll be releasing their Chrome OS-equipped netbooks later this year, dubbed Chromebooks. If you aren't a fan of their hardware (or you don't want to pay $US500 for one), you can easily make your own.

$US500 (or $US350, if you're looking at the smaller version) is a lot to pay for a netbook, especially one clad with a non-Microsoft operating system. Usually, you can grab a Windows 7-equipped netbook for $US250 or $US300, and if you install Chromium OS on it (which is freely available, as it's the open source version of Chrome OS), you'll have yourself a mighty cheap Chromebook.

Weblog ExtremeTech goes through the steps of finding and putting together your Chromebook, from finding the right netbook, installing Chromium OS from a USB stick, and the subtle differences between Chromium OS and the official version we'll see come out this summer. Hit the link for the full walkthrough.

How to Make Your Own Chrome OS Chromebook [ExtremeTech]


Comments

    Actually the Windows licence would be oem and thus legally tied to the netbook. Does anyone writing for Lifehacker actually have a clue?

      Manners aside, point taken -- I've removed the offending sentence.

      I have a netbook with a retail licence of Window 7 Home Premium. This could be used on another PC.

    ExtremeTech were the first ones to suggest you could transfer the Windows 7 licence. Why don't you have a go at them instead Corey?

    Maybe Lifehacker 'writers' should think before mindless copying and pasting all there articles, that's why. Republishing incorrect information is just as bad as being the source.

    is it true that you could get a refund on the OEM OS if you decline the initial setup?

    Corey aside, wonderful article Whitson. After all the recent hype on "chrome-books" I was waiting for someone to pop-up and tell the hordes about Chromium OS.

    Even if you want/interested in the official Chrome OS/chrome-books, there are a few freely available builds of Chromium OS for you to download and try out.

    Also, even if you didn't want to wipe your drive and put it on, I'm sure you can virtualise it somehow in virtualbox (don't quote me on that, but I don't see why it wouldn't work in vb).

      Oh jeez, should of read the actual article first... it mentions virtualising to test it out first. ^What a dumbass.

    Corey- i fail to see your problem. Installing the chrome OS is no different than buying a netbook and installing lets say Linux onto it.

    Why is everyone so nitpicky on websites these days - everywhere I go I see people criticising articles, gizmodo, discovery, lifehacker, cult of mac, gamearena and kotaku. Seriously, get a grip and read it for what it is. If there's an error then point it out, don't get all smartarsed on the authors.
    You're getting this content basically free (excluding ads)! Come on and have some respect; if you don't like how they write, why don't you write it yourself?

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