Finally got to try out the developer version of Google Chrome OS (Chromium OS) on my Asus Eee PC today. Booting from a USB drive is a much faster experience than running it in a virtual machine, but you’ve got to have the right hardware to do that. Over at Lifehacker yesterday, I ran down the two main ways to try out Chromium OS and what you need to have and know before you start. Here’s The Human’s Guide to Running Google Chrome OS.
Any recommendations for a USB drive that’s a reasonable middle ground between fast and affordable? I was reading a tutorial the other day about creating a Mac OS boot partition on a flash drive, and they mentioned boot times would be noticeably slower.
OCZ Rally2 Turbo and Lexar JumpDrive Lightning drives seem to have a reputation of being very fast, but are priced accordingly.
I ran it from a pretty dinky drive that was a giveaway at a conference, and it was still MUCH faster/stable than the VM image, but I haven’t benched different drives.
But dang, if you get what you pay for, that Lexar MUST be fast. The 1GB model is $20, not TOO bad.
I created the bootable USB using Hexxeh’s tool (thanks Hexxeh) and was able to boot with no issues at all. It loaded very quickly.
One thing I noticed about network connectivity: my SSID at home is hidden and I did not find an option to enter a hidden SSID once I booted up. Have I missed an option somewhere?