How to Use Chrome OS on a Raspberry Pi

MakeUseOf | 9/19/2019 | Christian Cawley
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Fancy a look at Chrome OS without spending money on a new computer? Wondering if a cloud operating system might improve the Raspberry Pi’s performance as a productivity tool? Wonder no more—it’s possible to install Chrome OS on the $50 computer and find out how well it runs.

Why Install Chrome OS on the Raspberry Pi?

Systems - Raspberry - Pi - Default - Option

Various operating systems are available for the Raspberry Pi. While the default option is favored by many, a wealth of Linux-only Raspbian alternatives.

But Chrome OS offers something different: cloud computing. The relatively low specification of the Raspberry Pi makes it ideal for Chrome OS. The operating system is designed to run most of its software as web apps, relying on servers for the processing.

Raspberry - Pi - Ethernet - Internet - Connection

If your Raspberry Pi is set up with an Ethernet or wireless internet connection, you’ll benefit from this computing dynamic. This could enable you to set up your Raspberry Pi as a productive yet low budget desktop PC!

Can a modest Raspberry Pi replace a desktop PC? I spent seven days writing and editing on the Pi, with interesting results.

Reason - Chrome - OS - Raspberry - Pi

Another reason to install Chrome OS on the Raspberry Pi is that it is easy to use. Google has spent years polishing and perfecting the operating system. These changes have been felt in the official release as well as the open source Chromium OS.

While Google manages and releases Chrome OS, the operating system is based on an open source project, Chromium OS. This has been released on various devices, and thanks to the FydeOS project can be installed on the Pi.

Note - Versions - Chromium - OS - Raspberry

Note that several other versions of Chromium OS have been released on the Raspberry Pi. These are now discontinued; there is every chance that FydeOS might be abandoned in future. As such, you may prefer to download and build from the original source code available...
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