When you install Chromixium it transforms your desktop, so much so, you’d think you’re using ChromeOS on a Chromebook. The default web browser is Chromium, with the option of using Google Chrome if desired. Chromixium is an outstanding choice for anyone wanting Chrome OS on non-Chromebook hardware.
The Chromixium website provides these helpful details:
Chromixium combines the elegant simplicity of the Chromebook with the flexibility and stability of Ubuntu’s Long Term Support release. Chromixium puts the web front and center of the user experience. Web and Chrome apps work straight out of the browser to connect you to all your personal, work and education networks. Sign into Chromium to sync all your apps and bookmarks.
So, what does Chromixium offer? And, is it right for you? Here are some points to consider:
Why you should try Chromixium
- If you’ve used Chrome OS and would love to see it with just a bit more flexibility
- If you have aging hardware and want a solid OS to use
- If you’re looking for an incredibly easy-to-use OS that can serve just about any purpose
- If you like the idea of Chrome OS with native apps like LibreOffice and GIMP
- If you like the idea of Chrome OS but need much more local storage
Why you should not try Chromixium
- You’re not a fan of Linux
- You’re not interested in anything that resembles a Google product
- You’d prefer the Chrome OS experience on a Chromebook
- You depend on applications that aren’t available for the Linux platform
As with most Linux distributions, you can “try before you buy” by running Chromixium as a live instance. Once you’ve tried it, you can install install it to your hard drive. The installation of Chomixium is as simple as installing any Linux distribution. Just boot from the ISO image (download here and burn it onto a DVD or USB flash drive), log into the desktop with the credentials Username: user / Password: user, and click the Install icon in the Panel. Detailed Getting Started procedures can be found on the Chromixium Wiki site.