Want to give Chromium OS a try, but don’t have a spare 4GB USB stick lying around? Fear not as a new ‘diet’ build of Chromium OS (the open-source project upon which Google Chrome OS is based), which only requires a 1GB drive, is now available for download, courtesy of a UK-based student.
Many of the builds thus far have been targeted at specific hardware configurations, such as one made available by a Dell employee designed for Dell’s Mini 10V netbook. However, not all builds follow the same path. The Diet Chromium build has a smaller footprint, but promises wider hardware support.
Diet Chromium comes courtesy of a UK student and programmer known as Hexxeh. Hexxeh explains that he constructed the build in order to “fill a gap that hadn’t been filled.” His Web site offers instructions on how to install the lighter Chromium build on Windows, Mac and Linux machines.