Chromium OS compatibility list released

Chromium OS compatibility list released

The hardware compatibility list reveals the devices known to be able to boot Chromium OS without modification.

If you fancy playing around with Google's Chromium OS - the open-source version of Chrome OS - but don't want to waste your time installing it on incompatible hardware, Google's Developer Hardware chart might just come in handy.

Posted on the official Chromium OS site - via Download Squad - is a list of devices which are capable of running the current build of Chromium without modifications.

In other words, if you're comfortable compiling your OS from source, the hardware compatibility list reveals exactly what you'll need for a trouble-free Chromium installation - or as trouble-free as an operating system in such an early stage of development can be.

A wide range of popular netbooks are on the list, including the original Asus Eee PC 700 along with its newer 900 and 1000W replacements, certain models of Acer Aspire One, Dell's Mini 10V, the Sony Vaio W, and the Lenovo Ideapad S10. In a demonstration that Chromium isn't just about netbooks, there's even a thin client machine on the list: the LTSP Term 1520 from Diskless Workstations, an inclusion doubtless made easier by the fact that it shares many of its specifications - Atom N270 processor, Intel GMA 950 graphics - with netbooks.

While many of the devices listed will boot Chromium OS without modification, wireless support is a trifle patchy: many devices have wireless cards which have no Linux drivers, and others including the Acer Aspire One series and the Gateway LT20 netbook can ship with either Atheros or Broadcom wireless cards depending on the date of manufacturer - with only Atheros being supported under Chromium OS.

Despite these caveats, for anyone tired of playing with Chromium OS on a virtual machine the hardware compatibility list could save an awful lot of wasted time.

Do you have one of the devices listed? Tempted to give Chromium OS a whirl, or are you still not convinced you're ready to trust all your data to Google's cloud? Share your thoughts over in the forums.


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samkiller42 1st December 2009, 11:04 Quote
Shame my Samsung NC10 isn't supported yet, looks like i will have to wait a while longer yet.

flibblesan 1st December 2009, 11:25 Quote
Strange. Broadcom cards seem to work fine in Linux.
eek 1st December 2009, 11:51 Quote
woo, I knew my sony viao w series did more than just look pretty!

Maybe I'll give this a go - assuming it can dual boot with win7!
Mr T 1st December 2009, 14:22 Quote
Sounds like the Wifi needs a little work hah.
jhanlon303 1st December 2009, 14:48 Quote
Chrome on my eeePC 901 for me. Wifi is wanky even with stock Linux or XP.
Whytwitter 1st December 2009, 15:13 Quote
ACER Aspire One wireless does NOT work with Atheros Wireless. However, LAN works fine. Will update as we are working on it.

If interested, can supply latest Chrome OS downloads, bootable from USB or CD (ISO, IMG) to be tested on various platforms, notebooks, PCs or Laptops, without using VMs. Just ask and we give you d/l link.

We will set up a forum over the next days, please register or send email to

If we set up a forum/link list of models to be added/confirmed by users/developers as a trusted source - it should cut down development time significantly. We will keep OS updates in one clean repository.

Comments welcome.
theevilelephant 1st December 2009, 17:43 Quote
Originally Posted by samkiller42
Shame my Samsung NC10 isn't supported yet, looks like i will have to wait a while longer yet.


works ok on my nc10, admittedly its runnimg from a usb stick, but still works both on wired and wifi.
Byron C 1st December 2009, 19:56 Quote
No official support for my Dell Mini 9 on there, or even it's business-aimed twin the Vostro 90. Probably something to do with the fact that it's a discontinued model. Nonetheless, some talented hacker will probably get it running - this is open source after all - but I don't think I'm that eager to try it out yet...
docodine 1st December 2009, 22:16 Quote
Works perfectly with the Eeepc 4G Surf :-D

Can't wait until I can install it, maybe this weekend.
wuyanxu 1st December 2009, 22:37 Quote
that's a very short list, just that little bit more compatible than a Hackintosh......
jonmcc33 2nd December 2009, 01:10 Quote
Still can't game on it with my Radeon HD 5850 can I? Useless....
crazyceo 2nd December 2009, 07:58 Quote
I have a perfectly working fine copy of Windows 7 on my HP. Can't think of any good reason to bother with Chrome.
steveo_mcg 2nd December 2009, 09:54 Quote
bully for you....
crazyceo 3rd December 2009, 17:51 Quote
Thanks ;)
UberTiger 7th December 2009, 11:49 Quote
Originally Posted by samkiller42
Shame my Samsung NC10 isn't supported yet, looks like i will have to wait a while longer yet.


It is supported, it's the last one on the list.
Mr T 7th December 2009, 12:31 Quote
I think that list has actually been updated UberTiger since this was first posted.
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