Another OS - Chromium OS

date:Feb 23, 2010 @ 17:29

Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to provide a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web.

Will it run on the Mini9?

My intention is to boot into the OS from a USB stick.

Get the required CD image file (ISO or IMG) to install on the USB stick

Details are provided from an Article on the Dell Community site

the img file is available at

and the version I used is

This file is about 203MB and expands to an img file of some 2.05GB

The README file is available at


Copy the img onto a USB memory stick

Need something to copy the image onto a USB drive I used the Image Writer for Windows, which can be obtained from

and used it to copy the img to an 8GB drive.

Boot into Chromium OS

My Mini9 is already set to boot from a USB drive, so it’s simply a case of switching it ON after inserting the USB drive.

First, log-in using a Google account:


The standard screen is a tabbed browser style window


The tab at the top left provides a view of the available applications.


The OS is based on the Debian Linux distribution. Ctrl’ :guilabel:`Alt T allows you to open a terminal window to interact at a lower level.


Other available shortcuts include:


There you have it, Googles Chromium OS running on the Mini 9, booted from a USB Drive.

Although there are a couple of issues regarding the use of the wireless in the Mini 9 ( i.e. it doesn’t work properly) it otherwise appears to serve it’s purpose, but I’ll probably stick with Windows 7.



To copy files from the mini9 under the Chromium OS to my NAS drive

scp filename admin@