Breaking – Official Raspberry Pi Support Coming To Chrome OS

I was expecting Raspberry Pi  support coming to Chromium OS via Hexxeh. But looks like we are getting official Chrome OS builds on Raspberry Pi, thanks to Hexxeh.

Yes, a Chromebox (if you can call it so) for $25 will soon be possible.

Things are in a very early stage of development now. The comment for this code change said “Build raspberrypi board, confirm board boots (minus UI)”  That means the build is very very new!

I see Hexxeh’s name as one of the main contributors for this project. Here is the full comment for this code change.

Initial commit of Raspberry Pi board

TEST=Build raspberrypi board, confirm board boots (minus UI)


I am not 100% sure if this will actually land on Chrome OS. I will give it 90%. Because, most of the things first land on Chromium OS and Chromium browser before making it to Chrome OS and Chrome browser. So, when we see something being added to Chromium OS, most probably, it will land int Chrome OS too.

But there is a possibility that Google added this support to encourage the opensource community around Chromium OS. Or are they adding this support so that most of will stop complaining about Chrome OS devices’ cost?

Okay, What is Raspberry Pi ?

A note for those who are new to “Raspberry Pi “. The Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools.The device also features high performance video and graphic capability as well as a low price (25 USD), says Wikipedia.

What are they trying to do? read this

We don’t claim to have all the answers. We don’t think that the Raspberry Pi is a fix to all of the world’s computing issues; we do believe that we can be a catalyst. We want to see cheap, accessible, programmable computers everywhere; we actively encourage other companies to clone what we’re doing. We want to break the paradigm where without spending hundreds of pounds on a PC, families can’t use the internet. We want owning a truly personal computer to be normal for children. We think that 2012 is going to be a very exciting year.

So, exciting news uh? Here is the source. Take a look at it and tel if I guessed it correct or wrong. Congratulate me or shout loud and correct please!! 🙂

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • acupunc 18/06/2012, 11:23 pm

    That’s what Chrome OS needs — some very inexpensive and very small “computer boxes”

  • matthyx 19/06/2012, 12:56 am

    I have serious doubts the Raspberry board supports high-speed flash, GPU acceleration and most important to me the TPM to allow verified boot.
    I cannot see Google allowing ChromeOS without these…

  • Mark Scholes 21/06/2012, 3:05 pm

    Well, it has a GPU. also you’d probably want the $35 Model B for ChromeOS, as that has an ethernet port, kinda handy for a web based OS.

  • Chris 07/07/2012, 8:29 am

    mmmm, Chromium & Chrome are vastly different. You may want to research the difference. Why don’t you include the publish date on this post? Credibility is severely lacking.

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