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18 May 2011, 11:37

Dell posts updated Chromium OS build for Mini 10v

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Chromium Logo Dell Technology Strategist Doug Anson has announced the release of a new Chromium OS image for the company's 10-inch Mini 10v netbook. Chromium OS is the open source branch of Google's Chrome OS, the company's minimalist Linux-based operating system that focuses on the Chrome web browser.

Anson notes that the built-in Broadcom Wi-Fi adapter used in the Mini 10V, which was previously unsupported, now works by default thanks to help from the Broadcom team, who ported the driver to the new APIs used for wireless in Chromium OS. According to the caveats document, the only known issue with the image is a problem related to sound support. At this time, audio output is "broken", however, the developer say that he will "try to release an updated image with changes to enable sound again". The build has also reportedly been tested on a Dell Mini 9 netbook.

Details about the latest build of Chromium OS for the Mini 10v, including the default local user account and password, can be found in the READ ME file. The 13 May build (ChromiumOS_x86_May13.img.gz) of Chromium OS for Dell's Mini 10v weighs in at 224 MB and is available to download from The image is not supported by Dell and is used at user's own risk.

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