Dual Boot Your MacBook Air with a Chromium OS

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20 Jul, 2011 11:00 pm


wanted to put a limited operating system on your Macbook Air? Well new you can, Chrome OS hacker Hexxeh has just  released a port of Chromium OS for Apple’s version of a netbook.   This isn’t the exact version of Chrome that you’ll get on Chromebooks since Chromium is the open source version of the Chrome OS. It doesn’t  have all the features found in the official Chrome OS.  What you’re missing is hardware-specific security features and boot speed optimization. This isn’t the end of the world since its a quick and light OS anyways offering a 22 second boot speed. It would be even faster if it didn’t have to go through Apple’s EFI software first.

You’re going to have to want to run Chrome on your MacBook Air pretty badly since you’re going to have to install it directly onto the computer’s SSD since there is no boot available from a USB. This means removing OS X however, it is possible to create a dual boot, however neither Hexxeh nor Apple offer official support for that bit of insanity. So if you want it you’re going to have to figure it out on your own…here is a photo to taunt you.

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  • jmans25

    Well your a tool…

  • Chris Morozin


  • alen234

    make another partition, use refit to load the usb, dd it to the second partition, and it should work – maybe you have to start out by doing a bootcamp, and then dd chrome over windows, im sure that would work