Chromixium is changing name to Cub Linux
Please read the official announcement here: http://chromixium.org/2016/01/17/chromixium-is-evolving-a-cub-is-born/.
The OS remains the same, the developer remains the same (RichJack), only the name will change. This site will redirect to https://cublinux.com from 1 March 2016.
Chromixium is a project to recreate the functionality, look and feel of Google’s Chrome OS on a conventional desktop, GNU/Linux base system.
The benefits of this approach are:
- A modular approach to (re)building the Chrome/Chromium OS desktop allows us to keep the base system light whilst at the same time beautifully modern and flexible
- Hardware support for a wide range of laptops, desktops, network, video and sound cards
- Installable to a conventional hard drive or partition allowing access to local storage, USB devices, printers and network shares
- Ability to create persistent USB installs for portability
- Ability to install additional software locally eg LibreOffice, GIMP, media players (even web browsers!) using Ubuntu’s or 3rd party software repositories
- Complete control over customisation of your operating system
- Background security updates for peace of mind and hassle-free computing.
Chromixium is based on a custom Ubuntu 14.04.1 build:
- LTS (Long Term Support) Linux Kernel 3.13 (32 & 64 bit)
- Chromium Web Browser
- Pepperflash Plugin
- Openbox window manager
- Compton desktop compositor
- Plank dock
- Nautilus (Files)
Applications are largely GTK+3 to create a consistent and modern look and feel.
Chromixium 32 bit has had it’s second stable release and is currently on version 1.5. Users of Chromixium 1.0 32 bit are advised to install service pack 1 to gain many of the benefits of the 1.5 release. The 64 bit version is in active development. There is a release candidate (RC) available for testing right now, and the stable version is due sometime in September 2015.
The base system is the stable Ubuntu Long Term Support release and if Ubuntu (or a derivative) can run on your system, then so should Chromixium.
Testers and volunteers are still required. Please contribute here or at the project support and discussion forum.
A good way to keep up with updates and progress is to follow us on Google+.
Create a live USB/DVD:
- On Linux use the Unetbootin or DD command:
sudo dd if=chromixium-1.5-i386.iso of=/dev/sdx bs=4M
- On Windows use Unetbootin, LiLi or Rufus
- Burn the ISO to a DVD using your favourite disk burner
- Boot the USB/DVD:
- Enable USB boot in your BIOS
- EFI/Secure Boot is not supported in the i386 release, so please enable legacy boot in your EFI system
- Click Start Chromixium to boot the live environment where you try Chromixium before installing
- Use the Text (debug) boot in Virtualbox as the splash doesn’t work off the ISO but does after it is installed
- The live CD username is chromixium, no password (just in case you get locked out!)
- Launch the installer from the icon on the dock
- Please accept the terms and conditions as they relate to bundled software eg Flash player
- The installer will guide you through the process and partition your hard drive for you. For more information on installing, please see this guide from Lubuntu which is a very similar process but with different branding.
- NOTE: due to an upstream bug in ubiquity, if you want to install using an encrypted LVM root partition, then you must disable swap and zram before starting the installer:
sudo swapoff –all
- Right-click anywhere on the desktop to access the Applications menu and control panel. This provides access to the underlying Ubuntu Linux operating system, locally installed applications and system settings.
- Sign in to Chromium for the best experience (requires a Google account)
- Click on the magnifying glass icon to open Chrome Apps and the Chrome Web Store
- Click on the network icon in the system tray to connect to a WiFi network
- Right-click on the battery/power indicator for power/screensaver/brightness options
- Right-click on the Penguin icon to access shutdown/sleep/hibernate settings and to change your avatar
- Install local applications using the Add, Remove and Update Software application (Synaptic) from the Control Panel or the Ubuntu Apps Directory
- Chromixium ships with the long term supported 3.13 kernel
- If you need the additional hardware support provided by newer kernels, just install with:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-lts-utopic (for 3.16 kernel)
sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-lts-vivid (for 3.19 kernel)
- If your hardware is not detected, go to Control Panel – Software and Drivers – Additional Drivers tab and if any proprietary drivers are available, they will be listed (requires Internet connection)
Chromixium is an English (UK) based project. The Live ISO is configured to US American English language. When you launch the installer you can select your native language and keyboard layout. For best results please ensure that you are connected to the Internet and select “Install Updates”. A number of language packs and locales are pre-installed for French, German, Russian and Spanish languages, incorporating a range of locales which should allow for offline installation.
If you choose a language other than English, then only parts of the operating system will be translated – the log in screen, some application launchers, most Gnome applications and most importantly, the Chromium web browser, so you will be able to surf in your native language. As Chromixium includes a number of bespoke scripts, then unfortunately a number of interfaces are not translated eg the Openbox menu.
If your language and locale settings haven’t been detected properly by the installer, or if you want to add additional languages, then you can do this post-install using the Control Panel and the Language Support application. You will need an Internet connection to install additional languages. For dual-language support, you can add a keyboard layout switcher to the system tray by right-clicking and selecting Add/Remove Panel Items and then adding the Keyboard Layout Handler plugin. For more input-method switching you can install ibus or fcitx from the repositories.
As the project matures, it may be possible to translate more aspects of the distribution. I have already had some kind offers to help with translations. If anyone would like to help with translations in the future, please make yourself known on the forum.
Extra Support & Help Using Chromixium
- Please register at the official support forums, ask a question and we will be pleased to help you: http://chromixium.freeforums.org
- Documentation can be found at the Wiki: http://chromixium.wikidot.com
- Some guides are available here (need updating): http://chromixium.org/guidebook
- There is an unofficial IRC chat room on freenode a #chromixium
Join the Chromixium Community
- The main website is at http://chromixium.org
- Follow us on Google+
- Join the community at the Chromixium Help and Discussion Forum
Chromixium is distributed with absolutely no warranty in the hope that some people will find it useful. Any software, code, artwork or system configurations created by RichJack and/or under the Chromixium or Theme-ix project are released under the terms of the GNU Public License v3.. Bundled software is distributed under a variety of licenses as described on the credits page. Chromixium is free software and will remain free to download and use forever. It is mostly made of open source components, but no guarantee is made that there may be proprietary components included.
Chromixium is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of
the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either
version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
Chromixium is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY
WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Chromixium.
If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/…
Please see the credits page for more information and for acknowledgements.