CloudReady - turn an old computer into a Chromebook for free
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CloudReady - turn an old computer into a Chromebook for free

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Found 2nd Oct 2015
CloudReady is a custom version of Google's Chromium OS which is designed to give old computers a new lease of life as Chromebooks.

Drivers for many computers up to seven years old are supported, and the project's developer, Neverware, is being supported by Google.
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This is genius. Love Chrome OS and I hate going back to windows when friends and family ask for help when windows breaks. Hot!
shame you can't make a bootable cd. limited to usb from what I can tell
e4kenndr

This is genius. Love Chrome OS and I hate going back to windows when … This is genius. Love Chrome OS and I hate going back to windows when friends and family ask for help when windows breaks. Hot!



Indeed and all the more impressive that it includes old Macs too.

adamjamesdavies

shame you can't make a bootable cd. limited to usb from what I can tell



What's the problem, are there any seven year old computers that don't support USB?

Edited by: "b1g1an" 2nd Oct 2015
Chrome OS... Linux with added spyware?
If I were to do this with my old computer, does anyone know what would I lose and what would I gain?
Brilliant! I have been trying to get various builds of Chromium working on a 5-year-old laptop for months, without success. This could be just what I'm looking for :-)
thislife95

If I were to do this with my old computer, does anyone know what would I … If I were to do this with my old computer, does anyone know what would I lose and what would I gain?



You would lose privacy and gain nothing.
An interesting project. One thing to note from the installation instructions:

Be Aware - We respect your privacy, but we want to know how many people are using CloudReady! We collect that info, but always anonymously. We’ll be adding opt-out options very soon!

So you will be giving info to Google and Neverware. This may or may not bother you - but given all the fuss over Windows 10's "feedback" features; just be aware that other OSs do the same\similar things.
adamjamesdavies

shame you can't make a bootable cd. limited to usb from what I can tell


exactly, fully agree with u
Chromium doesn't support CD drives; so it can't install itself from one (the installation runs under Chromium OS once it has been booted into memory)
I'd prefer Lubuntu for older machines, it runs lightening fast on old laptops.
If you like Chrome OS this is a good move.

Edited by: "buyer101" 2nd Oct 2015
omgpleasespamme

Chrome OS... Linux with added spyware?


Really? oO
just instal gentoo
iv got a old laptop with a corrupt harddrive would this Chromium OS boot that laptop from usb
Hot
larrylightweight

iv got a old laptop with a corrupt harddrive would this Chromium OS boot … iv got a old laptop with a corrupt harddrive would this Chromium OS boot that laptop from usb


It should, yes.
larrylightweight

iv got a old laptop with a corrupt harddrive would this Chromium OS boot … iv got a old laptop with a corrupt harddrive would this Chromium OS boot that laptop from usb



It should do. you may need to change the boot sequence in the BIOS or access the boot menu after turning the laptop on (usually by pressing DEL or F1)
Does it work on rpi2?
larrylightweight

iv got a old laptop with a corrupt harddrive would this Chromium OS boot … iv got a old laptop with a corrupt harddrive would this Chromium OS boot that laptop from usb



You can run Linux from a USB stick. Make it a live installation and it will operate on it long term. Get a 16GB USB stick and you can work away on that machine quite happily.
MoyesIsTheBest

Does it work on rpi2?



No. It's x86 - and RPi is ARM.
spudbynight

You can run Linux from a USB stick. Make it a live installation and it … You can run Linux from a USB stick. Make it a live installation and it will operate on it long term. Get a 16GB USB stick and you can work away on that machine quite happily.


Yer my plan was always to run a copy of Mint from a usb dose this chromium os work the same way then
larrylightweight

Yer my plan was always to run a copy of Mint from a usb dose this … Yer my plan was always to run a copy of Mint from a usb dose this chromium os work the same way then



No, from looking at the FAQ on their website it does need to install. If you have an old laptop, probably better to run LXLE or similar from a live stick.
spudbynight

No, from looking at the FAQ on their website it does need to install. If … No, from looking at the FAQ on their website it does need to install. If you have an old laptop, probably better to run LXLE or similar from a live stick.


ok thankyou
AndiTails

No. It's x86 - and RPi is ARM.


OK thanks
spudbynight

No, from looking at the FAQ on their website it does need to install. If … No, from looking at the FAQ on their website it does need to install. If you have an old laptop, probably better to run LXLE or similar from a live stick.



Actually, it doesn't need to install. It can run live like Mint.

CloudReady collects some anonymous statistics from you when you use it, … CloudReady collects some anonymous statistics from you when you use it, in order to track how many active users we have. Using CloudReady means you consent to this, but we promise to never collect personal or usage information beyond that.



Freezing cold!
Edited by: "gorgo2015" 2nd Oct 2015
voted hot from my new/old chromium laptop thanks OP
spudbynight

No, from looking at the FAQ on their website it does need to install. If … No, from looking at the FAQ on their website it does need to install. If you have an old laptop, probably better to run LXLE or similar from a live stick.


It really doesn't - I've been running it from the USB drive on my laptop and it's running like a dream.
can you save your work or downloads to the USB stick or the computers hard drive ? Chromebooks want you to save to "the cloud"
Would this run on a mac book from 2007?
Would this run ok on a aspire 1 net book?
Can you actually install chrome apps from the store as if it was a chromebook? I've seen at least one other chrome based Linux distribution and it couldn't.

If anyone is interested, it was called "chromixium" and at least they don't ask for your data beforehand!
Edited by: "Reisclef" 3rd Oct 2015
Linux can run from a USB stick without even a hard drive inside a really knackered old PC. Better yet, puppy linux runs entirely from ram and autosaves any edits you make to your linux when you log off, back onto your USB drive.

I am successfully running it from a 512MB drive after my old netbook hard drive corrupted. (Note - USB2 flash required).
Edited by: "gwapenut" 3rd Oct 2015
Any reason you shouldn't just use Ubuntu? Or any other Linux distro?
DeepWaterLizard

Would this run on a mac book from 2007?


mercurystar999

Would this run ok on a aspire 1 net book?


Some MacBooks and Acer Aspire 1 models have been confirmed to work, check this link for more info.

If your model isn't on the link, you could always try it, and see if it works or not.
gwapenut

Linux can run from a USB stick without even a hard drive inside a really … Linux can run from a USB stick without even a hard drive inside a really knackered old PC. Better yet, puppy linux runs entirely from ram and autosaves any edits you make to your linux when you log off, back onto your USB drive.I am successfully running it from a 512MB drive after my old netbook hard drive corrupted. (Note - USB2 flash required).


phillsmit3

Any reason you shouldn't just use Ubuntu? Or any other Linux distro?



Standard GNU/Linux distros like Puppy, (L/X)Ubuntu are great. I use them all the time - there's no doubt that they can squeeze life out of old machines. However, when I've installed Linux on computers for family members, they seem to struggle to do even the most basic of tasks.

Chrome OS is a more simplified environment which works well for people regardless of their computer literacy. The added lack of background services gives a performance plus.
beaulieu

can you save your work or downloads to the USB stick or the computers … can you save your work or downloads to the USB stick or the computers hard drive ? Chromebooks want you to save to "the cloud"


You can indeed save files to the computer's hard drive on a Chromebook. If you install CloudReady, you can do the same.
phillsmit3

Any reason you shouldn't just use Ubuntu? Or any other Linux distro?



Depends on ones personal view on privacy/transparency....

Amazon controversy:One of the new features of Unity in Ubuntu 12.10 was … Amazon controversy:One of the new features of Unity in Ubuntu 12.10 was the shopping lens – Amazon search results displayed in the Unity dash. It was alternately described as the "Amazon controversy", "privacy fiasco" and "spyware".As of October 2012, it sent (through a secure HTTPS connection) the user's queries from the home lens to productsearch.ubuntu.com, which then polled Amazon.com to find relevant products; Amazon then sent product images directly to the user's computer through HTTP (this changed in September 2013). If the user clicked in one of these results and then bought something, Canonical got a small fraction of the sale.In 2012, many reviewers criticized it: as the home lens is the natural means to search for content on the local machine, reviewers were concerned about the disclosure of queries that were intended to be local, creating a privacy problem. As the feature is active by default (instead of opt-in), many users could be unaware of it.Some users chose to turn it off or to remove the feature using a patch. An April 2014 article by Scott Gilbertson stated that the online search components of Ubuntu could be turned off with a couple of clicks in version 14.04. The feature may be changed to opt-in in a future release.For the move, it was awarded the 2013 Austria Big Brother Award.


Edited by: "Likely2" 3rd Oct 2015
Would this work on an old Mac Mini?

Not used a CD for quite a few years now.

adamjamesdavies

shame you can't make a bootable cd. limited to usb from what I can tell


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