When the Raspberry Pi computers came into the market, people didn’t know what it can do. Many believed it is just a simple working unit for general education purpose – typically in schools for presentations. However, with time, that line of thinking has changed, and people started to realize its true potential. You can use it as simple desktop computers, make use of your old printer, and can even control your robots.
On the other hand, we have Chrome OS. Now, Google had a project named Chromium, which gave birth to some popular programs. Google Chrome Browser is one of the best examples. To those who don’t know on the Google Chromebook, the OS which is running is the Chrome OS. Now, you may wonder, how can you use the Chrome OS on your Raspberry Pi system, when you know different companies develop both the products.
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So, in this article, you will learn how to use Google Chrome OS into your Raspberry Pi system. Also, we will first make an argument why do you even consider using Chrome OS in your Raspberry system in the first place.
Why would we even consider Chrome OS for your Raspberry Pi?
Apart from a Linux Distribution, you can try several other OS in your Raspberry Pi system depending on what you need. Chrome, on the other hand, is perfect for cloud computing. So, if you are tight on the overall budget, installing Chrome OS on a Raspberry system is ideal for you. You see, Chrome is a very smart-built OS that runs on a relatively low configuration. Therefore, it can be the perfect fit for you.
Another reason to consider Chrome is the fact the OS is open-source. So, you can grab it from the internet for free and install it without paying anything. We have tested the working status on a Raspberry Pi, and the results are splendid. There is a catch here though; FydeOS, which is a version of Chrome, may not be available easily. In that case, build the OS from its core source – Chromium OS. The OS is still available in www.chromium.org.
There are two more significant reasons you should install Chrome OS on your Raspberry Pi system. First, there are plenty of apps and software available that will run on the system. Whether you do simple desktop computing or server-side computing, Chrome has all the solutions you need. Second, the OS has a visually stunning User-Interface, which is also user-friendly.
Things need to install Chrome OS on a Raspberry Pi
After we figure out the dilemma of why, we should now focus on the how. The first step for that is to assemble all the parts required to install Chrome OS on your Raspberry Pi system. So, here is the list of components that you need first:
- You will need a Raspberry Pi system of version 3 or 3B+. Please note that don’t have any information whether or not it will run on Raspberry Pi 4
- You will need a minimum of 8GB microSD card
- A program named 7-Zip. The program is available on 7-zip.org for free
- The Etcher from www.balena.io/etcher/
- You will need Github images for FydeOS Chromium from here
- Finally, you will also need a desktop PC
Install Chrome OS on a Raspberry Pi
Unlike other operating systems, Chrome OS is easy to install, and it won’t take much time to configure either. If we cut down the technical mambo-jumbo, there are three things that you need to do.
1. Prepare the Bootable Device
The first step to install to prepare the Bootable Device is to create an IMG file. The bootable device is the MicroSD card where you need to fit in the IMG file. Now, to do that, you need to use the Etcher tool, which will seamlessly prepare the IMG file that contains the Chrome OS.
2. The Booting Procedure
Once you prepare the bootable device in the form of a MicroSD card, you need to install that in the USB drive of your Raspberry system. Now, it is easy to configure the Chrome OS. It is just like when you are setting an Android phone using your Google account. Please note it can take a bit of time to load up all the elements while booting. You just need to follow the steps to get it done.
3. Installing Apps & Programs
One of the best features of Chrome OS is pretty much most of the useful applications come pre-install with the OS. Now, if you need something new, you can head over to Google Web Store and install it. Please note that there are paid apps as well. So, you may need to pay for proprietary applications.
Please note that we have provided the screen-shots of the entire installation procedure while we were discussing the components to install Chrome OS. So, take a look at them to do it promptly. You would also need a Desktop PC to prepare the bootable device. Over there, you need to install Etcher Tool to set up the IMG file in the MicroSD card.
What you need to understand while you are installing Chrome OS on your Raspberry system; it is a great way to build a working computer when you have a low budget. Yes, it has its flaws, but the advantages are impactful too. So, you should try Chrome OS on your Pi!