Dear Lifehacker. I have a few older PC's lying around the house and was wondering, given that they are older PCs, if setting them up with Chrome OS would be a good option to give them a new lease of life? What would you suggest as the best way to set up a Chrome PC for home use? Thanks, Chrome On The Range
Building your own Chromebook is definitely one way of getting more life out of an older PC. One important point to note: the full commercial version of Chrome OS isn't available for general download -- it's only made available to manufacturers. Instead, you'll need to use the open source Chromium OS project, upon which Chrome OS is based.
Assuming you don't want to compile your own source code, by far the easiest way to try out Chromium is to take advantage of Hexxeh's builds, which include versions you can download to a USB stick. Testing those builds is a very easy process, and will let you know if Chromium OS is a viable option for your hardware.
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