Make a DIY Chromebit with Intel Compute Stick and Chromium OS

Google’s Chromebit project was announced a while back but we are yet to see any product in the market. If you are really keen on the concept of Chromebit, there is a DIY alternative. Get an Intel Compute Stick and follow instructions that developer Ian MORRISON has put together.

Intel Compute Stick looks pretty much like the Chromebit, may be a little geeky. Inside, you will find  a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor, Intel® HD Graphics, integrated Wi-Fi* and Bluetooth technologies, 32 GB storage, 2 GB memory, a USB 2.0 port, and a Micro SD card reader.

Chromium OS as you all know is the open source cousin of Chrome OS which anyone can download and build on their own. Remember CloudReady? They run a variant of Chromium OS too.

Ian’s builds have working Wifi, and Crouton, a utility that helps you run Ubuntu and Chrome OS on Chromebooks. This is an attractive perk to those Chrome OS power users who like to play with their devices a lot.

You can run this build from an SD card, without losing an existing Windows installation if you have one on the Intel Compute Stick. That gives you power of three operating systems on a small USB like form factor.

Find more details and instructions to download and install here.

One response

  1. Awesome things but it’s a matter of taste.
    If you would buy a Chromebox instead you would loose a little portability but you will gain the adventage to add some RAM and so on.

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