Like Chrome OS? Try Lime for Extra Hardware Support
By Katherine Noyes, PCWorldDec 7, 2011 12:17 pm PST
Google’s Web-centric Chrome OS operating system has drawn considerable interest since its birth two years ago, but not everyone can enjoy it because of the limited hardware it’s available on.
Aiming to broaden the range of devices using the Linux-based technology, Lime is an operating system that’s much like Chrome OS but includes support for a variety of hardware.
Released last week by Liam McLoughlin, a developer known as “Hexxeh,” a new, improved version of Chromium OS-based Lime is now available for download from the project’s site.
‘Vastly Improved Support’
A “Vanilla” version of Chromium OS is also available from Hexxeh, and it’s considered “bleeding edge,” offering users “the opportunity to see and use the latest and greatest that Chromium OS has to offer,” according to the developer.
With a download size of about 250MB, Vanilla requires only a 4GB USB drive. Its hardware support, however, is limited.
Originally launched about a year ago, Lime is a version of Vanilla with “vastly improved hardware support,” Hexxeh explained in a blog post last Friday.
The newly updated software adds support for the following components: