For those who do not want to buy a Chromebook, download and install Chromium OS on a netbook. The best device to do that on? a Macbook Air. Starting at $999.
Well, I was trying to joke. But, if you really want to install Chromium OS on a Macbook Air, Hexxeh has got something awesome for you. From today, he is making his custom build of Chromium OS for Macbook Air for download.
Every piece of hardware works except for the Bluetooth (because Bluetooth isnâ€™t supported by Chromium OS yet). So WiFi works, graphics are fully accelerated via nVidiaâ€™s drivers, screen brightness controls work, sound works, touchpad works. Basically everything works. The touchpad drivers could use some tweaking, as scrolling is currently painfully slow, but thatâ€™s about the only issue I can think of. Boot time is around 22 seconds to the login screen, most of which is wasted by Appleâ€™s EFI implementation, as once control is passed to the kernel, the boot only takes a further 6-7 seconds thanks to the fast SSD inside the Air. Battery life is probably slightly better than that of OS X.
Well, there you have it a working version of Chromium OS for your Macbook Air. If you are ready to hack it and have a 2GB USB drive handy, get ready for it!
Download link and instructions on Hexxeh’s Blog.