It’s not every day that you see new flavors of Ubuntu rolling out. Chrome OS itself is built on top of the open source Chromium browser. For those users who love the look and feel of Chrome OS but still want to have a fully functioning machine, enter Chromixium.
Chromixium is based on a custom version of 32-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support). It supports just as many laptops, desktops, video and sound cards as regular Ubuntu does. Currently there is no 64-bit version, but you can install Chromixium on both 32-bit and 64-bit machines.
- LTS Linux Kernel 3.13
- Chromium Web Browser
- Pepperflash Plugin
- Openbox window manager
- Compton desktop compositor
- Plank dock
- Nautilus File Browser
- GTK+3 applications
Like Chrome, Chromixium puts the web at the center of everything you do. Both web and Chrome apps work inside the browser. You can sign into Chromium to sync your apps and bookmarks. When you’re offline or you need more computing power, you can install traditional apps like LibreOffice, Skype, Steam, and more.
Users receive security updates securely and smoothly in the background, and will continue to roll out until 2019. Like any Linux OS, you can install Chromixium on its own, or dual-boot it along with Windows or other versions of Linux.
As my computor professor told us in college, when looking at the minimum hardware requirements, just double everything to be safe. Thankfully Chromixium is a light weight distribution, similar to Lubuntu.
- 1GHZ Processor, Intel/AMD (dual core preferred)
- 512MB RAM (1 GB preferred)
- 4GB hard disk space (8GB preferred)
- 1GB USB device or DVD-R/RW
- Video grapics capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×600 or better preferred)
- Wired (ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) Internet access
- A computer that is capable of booting from a DVD or USB
- Intel hardware is generally better supported ‘out-of-the-box’ on Linux-based operating systems
So why choose Chromixium at all? Many power users of Chrome OS choose to dual-boot with Ubuntu. The beauty of Chromixium is that it’s Chrome OS and Ubuntu in one. The Chromixium desktop copies the look, feel and functionality of Chrome OS, but with the power of Ubuntu driving the gears underneath.
And unlike Chrome OS, which only runs on Chromebooks, Chromixium will run on virtually any computer. With Chromixium you get web apps from the Chrome Store, third-party apps from traditional repositories or from Ubuntu, and if you install and configure Wine you can run Windows apps as well.