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06 December 2011, 15:41

Lime: Chromium OS with extra hardware support

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Chromium OS Lime logo Following nearly a one year delay, web developer and hacker Liam "Hexxeh" McLoughlin has released new builds of Lime, a customised Chromium OS-based operating system. Chromium OS is the open source branch of Google's Chrome OS, the company's minimalist Linux-based operating system that is built around the Chrome web browser.

McLoughlin, a student at University of Central Lancashire, says that the new Lime builds were delayed because he wanted to automate the process so that images could be updated on a daily basis, instead of having to be hand-built each time. His new system automatically provides a "freshly baked" image with all of the new features and tweaks from the bleeding edge Vanilla builds.

Zoom Chromium OS Lime in action
Compared to the developer's Vanilla Chromium OS builds, Lime has been enhanced to include extra hardware support for a number of components. These include the Broadcom BCM43XX, Ralink RT24XX, RT28XX and RT30XX, and R8187SE, R8712U, RTL73, RTL8180, RTL8187 and RTL8192XX Wi-Fi chipsets, as well as NVIDIA 6 series and newer GPUs. However, as the builds are updated daily, some builds may work better than others. The developer also notes that users can contact him via @hexxeh on Twitter or his Google+ page and request support for specific hardware that isn't currently supported, provided a Linux driver exists.

More details about the release can be found in a blog post by McLoughlin. Download links and instructions for creating a Lime build of Chromium OS are provided on the project's homepage.

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