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Chromixium has reached stable status and it is available for download right-now by clicking on the above links. Please read the full release announcement before downloading. Chromixium is a 32 or 64 Bit, English language distribution with some support for other languages. For current Chromixium 1.0 32 bit users, please download and install service pack 1.

Chromixium combines the best of Ubuntu with the best of Chrome OS and is free to download and use, forever!

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. When you are offline or when you need more power, you can install any number of applications for work or play, including LibreOffice, Skype, Steam and a whole lot more. Security updates are installed seamlessly and effortlessly in the background and will be supplied until 2019. You can install Chromixium in place of any existing operating system, or alongside Windows or Linux.

Minimum requirements: 512MB RAM (1GB preferred), 1GHZ PAE/SSE2 capable Intel/AMD processor. Read more here.

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Chromixium is a project to recreate the functionality, look and feel of Google’s Chrome OS on a conventional desktop, GNU/Linux base system.

Chromixium combines the best of Chrome OS and Ubuntu and will remain free, forever.

Chromixium is a free, modern, attractive and functional Open Source operating system for laptops, notebooks and desktop computers. It can be downloaded and transferred to a CD, DVD or USB stick in order to test it without changing your hard drive. It includes an installer, so you can quickly install it for a more permanent operating system. Chromixium combines the power of the web, with the power of the Ubuntu and GNU/Linux desktop ecosystem. Read more about this unique operating system here.

The Chromixium Sourceforge project page contains the main ISO repository where you can download all current, test and old/archived versions of Chromixium. The latest stable version has also been released on GitHub. There are also plenty of mirrors where you can obtain Chromixium if any of the main hosts are down.


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350 comments

  1. hello,

    thank you so very much for help, i figured it out with the help of tutorials how to install apps, culd you please help me how can i run .exe games like call of duty 4 call of duty modern warfare 3 etc

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    1. You could try watching this video on how to install PlayOnLinux . Play on Linux is an emulator that lets you play Windows games And other apps . But the best way to play games on any linux os is steam. Steam has tons of games I highly suggest checking them out.

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    2. if you want to play Windows games you need to install wine that can be downloaded from winehq.org and configured by winetricks that wine already including (only ubuntu and ubuntu based (like chromixium) edition) (when i say “configured” i mean it can download DirectX;NET;C++; etc

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    3. COD isnt made for Linux, barely any games are. If youre a gamer than i defenitely dont recommend Linux. Install Windows.

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  2. I installed Chromixium 1.0 (amd64) on macbook pro today. But I cannot use the internet. There is no wifi setting. Then I try to install wicd. But I failed. I can only use wifi to connect the internet. How can I use wifi on it? Do I need to install anything? And how to do so? Please give me download links if possible and detail instructions for using wifi. Thanks.

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    1. It depends on the exact model of MacBook you have. The wireless card might need proprietary drivers. Are your able to connect an ethernet cable to your router art least temporarily? If so, go to control panel, software and drivers, additional drivers to see if anything is available.

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  3. I added a video of how to get Google Sync on Chromium OS on the playlist . I also added how to get steam to this playlist. Google Sync is one thing that I think this OS is missing . I think you should come stock when you download the OS. I hope might help you guys out.

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    1. Hi Tim

      Thanks for your videos. As Google have changed their APIs a few times recently, I didn’t feel able to include these tools in the default install. I know Grive got forked to Grive2 but Chromixium is meant to be an LTS release so the tools need to work for a long time. However, your video is a useful tutorial for users who use Drive a lot.

      Drive support is meant to be coming to Gnome 3.18 and hopefully in future we can offer support directly via Files if we can strip the required libraries from Gnome itself.

      Cheers
      RichJack

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      1. Question:

        I noticed in the video that most of the icons in the app launcher seem to have a little square with an arrow inside. Any reason that happens and is it possible to avoid/will it be avoidable in the near future?

        I like where this project is going but I guess I’m that guy that always seems to fixate on the tiny details. (and why as much as I like this idea I won’t be trying it for now- that would drive me nuts)

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      2. Hi, this is a feature of the Chrome/Chromium browsers. The arrow signifies an app which will launch in a Chrome tab (although you can force them to open as a window), whereas for true webapps, the arrow isn’t present (ie ones that open directly in their own window eg Hangouts).
        This is set upstream by Google and the Chromium project.

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      1. Hi Martin

        Sorry for the delay in replying. I changed to the magnifying glass for the app launcher to follow upstream changes in Chrome and Chromium OS. I don’t think that your screenshot is a current one:
        http://www.omgchrome.com/chrome-os-app-launcher-icon-search-glass/

        Likewise, I believe that the transparent window decoration depends on the theme that you choose from the Chrome Store. Some Chromebook vendors might enable it by default, but if you use ChromiumOS it defaults to solid grey. I did try to align with the current ChromiumOS builds when creating the current theme.

        You can use the compton compositor that Chromixium uses to achieve transparency, but it won’t be limited to just the title bar, it will affect other desktop elements. Open the Control Panel, go to Startup Applications and change the compton line to:

        compton -e 0.5

        This will enable the transparent effect that you want, but has the adverse effect of adding a border to the right-click menu, which is why we haven’t implemented it by default (though if we change the theme in future, this might be possible).

        Kind regards
        RichJack

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  4. I loaded 32 bit version on a 64 bit dual boot w/Kali Linux. I didn’t notice the 64 bit link right underneath. Doh! According to: http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-guide#TOC-Installing-Chromium-OS-on-your-Device – this is going to be a problem.

    I’ve been trying to learn how to develop for about a year now. Mac is too expensive; Windows was a nightmare and I like this OS over the usual Linux GUI.

    Are there instructions for me to replace, upgrade, etc. the 32 bit version with the 64 bit version w/o having to wipe the entire drive?

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    1. Well Chromixium is not ChromiumOS so it doesn’t require you to wipe your entire hard drive (that link isn’t valid for Chromixium). However, you cannot upgrade a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit one. It will require a reinstall, but you can reinstall over your existing Chromixium partition without affecting any other partitions you may have on your device. Just choose the “Something else” option at install time and choose the existing Chromixium 32 bit partition as the / mount point. You will lose data stored on that partition though.
      I am just putting the finishing touches to an update to the 64 bit version though, so if I were you, I’d hang on a few weeks until it is ready and install that version.
      If you need more specific help, the best bet is to head over the forums and post a question there:
      http://chromixium.freeforums.org
      Regards :)

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      1. Oh, wow. Thanks for pointing that out. Well glad I found your OS instead. I really like it so far, even with all the confusion and crashing from trying to replace the partition. I didn’t want to wait the few weeks.

        Right now, I’m having to use the 64 bit version in “live” mode. I’ve tried several different installs, including wiping the dual boot – no big loss after all.

        When I try to run the OS from the hard drive in my Dell Inspiron 14 3451, after the loader it gives me a black screen and what I think is a message but the characters are very blocky white and look like some sort of symbolic language. Oh and the Caps Lock key blinks.

        I’m moving over to the forum to read more now. Thanks for your reply.

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  5. By any means can I do the following?
    1.Add a windows style start menu for launching apps and stuff. Going to desktop and right clicking and looking for all the apps is just too long.
    2.Any way too add icons and folders to the home (desktop) ??

    I know it is possible, since its technically Ubuntu, but how?

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    1. Chromixium is not really designed for thin client access. You would need to install xrdp and set the session name to openbox-session in .Xsession. There might be a few more tweaks needed. This video shows how to set up Ubuntu using gnome-fallback. The principle should be the same: https://youtu.be/8HhB_MKy9SY
      Alternatively, you might be better off setting up Chromixium as a VNC server and connecting using the VNC protocol…

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  6. I downloaded chromixium 1.5 32bit and burnt it on a 4gb USB drive using unetbootin. The OS boots quite fast but the login for the live session is blocking me from trying out the real deal.
    I have tried
    chromixium, no password
    Chromixium, no password
    user, user
    chromixium, user
    Chromixium, user
    user, c/Chromixium

    Etc. But all are deemed incorrect by the OS. I have tried bringing up the virtual terminals by alt ctrl f1 but it shows the unetbootin screen and a few lines below saying “Authentication Failure”. The login screen asks for username and password but has a drop down menu above the username entry with “Other” as the only option.
    I have tried leaving the username, password fields blank , Other with user, Other with chromixium but they also don’t work.
    Is this a bug?

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      1. I downloaded the ISO from one of the links at the top of the very page.
        “Download the latest Chromixium 1.5 32-Bit stable release now from GitHub or from Sourceforge. ” Probably from github.

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      2. Okay, I’ll verify the ISO. In the meantime, try recreating the usb following these instructions:

        Linux

        Plug USB stick into PC
        Open a terminal
        Type this command to determine your USB device ID:
        sudo lsblk -l

        Type these commands to format and transfer the ISO to USB which will create an MBR and EFI compatible bootable device (replace sdX with your device ID):
        sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=1 count=512
        sudo dd if=/path/to/Chromixium-1.5-i386.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M && sync
        eject /dev/sdX

        Windows

        Plug USB stick into PC
        Open File Explorer to check the drive letter of your USB device
        Download Rufus USB creator tool.
        Run the downloaded rufus.exe file (you will need admin rights)
        Make sure the correct drive letter is chosen
        Choose either “MBR Partition Scheme for BIOS or UEFI” for a standard BIOS.
        Click on the small disk icon about half way down on the right and select the Chromixium-1.5-i386.iso image.
        Make sure Quick Format is checked and click Start.

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  7. Can someone direct me how to get my touch screen /digitizer on Panasonic CF-18 to work with Chromixium? Thanks for the help in advance

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    1. Hi Robert. Although Chromixium isn’t specifically designed as a touchscreen OS, I do know from other users that touchscreens do work. Does it not work at all, or it not calibrated correctly? If it is the latter, you can install some calibration tools:
      sudo apt-get install x11-touchscreen-calibrator xinput-calibrator

      This page is for a different distro, but based on Debian, so very similar and might help to get it working. It also looks like a useful, friendly and technically knowledgeable forum for Toughbook owners:
      http://toughbooktalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=2030&hilit=solydxk

      Hope something works!

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      1. It doesnt work at all on the full install. When running from the usb thumb drive it recognizes it but doesnt work like it supposed to. I am having all kinds of issues trying to get these up and running.. Appreciate any help.

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  8. Can you tell me what you have tried? Did you look at the link I posted? It might be worth asking there as they seem to be experts in this hardware… I’m happy to try and help, but they are likely to know a lot more than me about this issue :)

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  9. I’m trying to install it on a former Windows 8 machine (Walmart Gateway). Everything seems to work until soon after it ejects the live DVD, says “*Deactivating swap…” then stays there forever. During the first installation attempt, I held down the power button, but when I pressed it again, it went to the Gateway welcome screen and stopped there.

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  10. after updating 2 laptops in which had 32 bit chromixium os installed no more boot in any of them. normal grub start and after chromixium splash screen turns into frozen black with backlight like it has properly boot,repeated the operation in both machines for nearly 10 times with same failure…unable to track the issue.pls advise this is a well know bug and eventually no other option than make a clean install.tks

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    1. I’m sorry that you are having problems. When you say “after updating” do you mean after manually updating eg with apt-get upgrade? In Chromixium, security updates are handled automatically in the background. Unless you think you need a particular update to an app, you don’t need to do an manual update (although it is supported).
      It sounds like you got a kernel upgrade that didn’t work well with your configuration. Press the shift key repeatedly whilst booting to get the boot menu, try Advanced Options and then choose an earlier kernel. If it boots, open Synaptic Package Manager and remove the newer kernels that aren’t working.

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      1. yes I always manually update by dist-upgrade command. do u recommend to do not manually update at all?

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  11. dist-upgrade upgrades all packages, including the kernel and removes packages that are deemed no longer necessary. As I said, Chromixium handles security updates silently in the background for you. If you are happy with the performance of your system, there should be no need to dist-upgrade.

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  12. there is just 2 options on the advanced ones: chromixium i386 with Linux kernel 3.13.0-55-generic and the same on recovery mode.unable to downgrade to previous kernel, any hint?
    tks a lot

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      1. noted. weird it occurs in 2 different laptops a sony vaio core 2 duo 2gb and a asus 1gb core, will try a clean install

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      2. Hello RichJack! Andreina here. Just came back from work and laptop is doing exactly the same as amgpuma. Which is to me very weird because I haven’t done any update or anything. Not sure I want to do a clean install. It is a way to do an install without losing all my docs and stuff? Not sure what’s the issue. Thanks a lot.

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      3. Hello, sorry that your address having the same problems. Your should be able to boot into recovery mode and then we might be able to revert whatever update might have broken your install. It’s probably a video driver. What graphics card do you have and did you install any additional drivers for it?
        https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RecoveryMode

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  13. Excellent packaged distro of Ubuntu. Kids love it. Kudos!!!!!
    Dell XPS 420, 4GB, 700GB HD. Everything worked flawlessly. We struggled with 15.04 after upgrading from 14.10 … a big mistake.

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      1. hi, thank you for creating chromixium, i just donated some money to you. a year ago i experimented with putting OSX to my old dell machines, didnt work so well, also tried joli OS, nice, had Apple Air, just because its hardware design. Ubuntu for me is too much away from Chrome OS and Google. Chromixium as far as i saw now, is exactly what i was searching for. Better in any case than windows, look and feel of Android / Google universe, especially the almost total web based approach.Google with its approach just to sell their Chrome OS with their machines will not work out, as I, have many older machines, and dont want or have to buy new hardware (family with 4 machines,mobi). PERFECT JOB! THANK YOU. Chromixium is perfect and only System for Google enthusiastic users, who search for a matching PC OS, which does it ALL & more. One small thing: you could advice the users that installation on PC natively can take up to some hours or create better status info while installations are running.

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      2. Much appreciated thank you!
        I would generally expect installation to take about 20 mins on modern hardware, maybe longer if you choose to install updates at the same time…

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  14. Spotify installation on Chromixium as native app:
    # 1. Add the Spotify repository signing key to be able to verify downloaded packages
    sudo apt-key adv –keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 –recv-keys D2C19886

    # 2. Add the Spotify repository
    echo deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list

    # 3. Update list of available packages
    sudo apt-get update

    # 4. Install Spotify
    sudo apt-get install spotify-client

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      1. hi, i experienced this developing beta version suddenly went crazy as native app: the spotify-window was “out of screen” partly and couldn be replaced back on screen area. A bug or so…;) so, honestly: better take the web app from spitfy by now….

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    1. I can’t see a problem as your machine is certified to run Ubuntu. Check in the control panel, software and sources, additional drivers if something isn’t working eg WiFi, for non-open source drivers (might need to temporarily connect directly to your router via ethernet).

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    2. I have installation on a DELL Latitude E6220 with i5 and SSD, runs like a charm. Also older DELL machines Optiplex and Latitudes should be no problem at all. Mind the lng time (hours) until installation process is finished.

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  15. Hi Guys!

    I just found this OS. I’m a really big d’hopper :) My last love was Elementary OS but I think I’m in love again :D Sorry for my english..I’m basically hungarian :)

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  16. First off love the software! Any updates on the stable 64 bit? About to load it on a few laptops I have, and wondering if I should hold off for a week or so for the stable, or go with the RC for now?

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  17. one question, how can you put the applications on to the desktop e.g. shortcuts like in ubuntu. i am sure there is a way to put them there vs just putting them in the tray at the bottom. it would be a waste of tile space not to use the desktop area.

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  18. It may be a waste of tile space (and you are not the first to ask), but effectively the desktop is not used in Chromixium – this is the way it is in ChromeOS which we are mimicking. The Desktop folder exists, but the icons are not displayed. There are no plans to change this, but if you really want desktop icons, follow these instructions on the wiki:
    http://chromixium.wikidot.com/desktop-icons

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  19. I’m a big fan of Windows 7, went over to Ubuntu 14. Never used LINUX before, and I liked it, but it was not as easy as Windows. Got bored with it because I felt its not doing for me what Windows can so I went back to Windows. I now run Windows 7 32bit and windows10 64bit… I just downloaded your OS, I AM SO EXCITED AND CAN NOT WAIT TO TRY IT. I LOVE GOOGLE AND ANDROID SO IF ITS ANYTHING LIKE THAT MIXED WITH UBUNTU THEN IM SURE WE WILL GET ALONG WELL… I have an HP 630 Intel Pentium p6300 dual core 4Gb RAM with 500GB HDD. any problems you know about that I should know about before I start?

    Amped!!

    MA’AID.

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    1. It’s pretty much there, just uploaded last test to unstable on Sourceforge, but not expecting to have to change it. Give me a day or so just in case there are any show stoppers and then I’ll make an official announcement!

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      1. Thank you for your reply. I wanted to give Unity a try to use the width of my screen but disabling that “feature” was not enough and I wanted to remove it.
        Tried removing unity-scope-home but this removes unity, ubuntu-desktop and other stuff. In other words I could not find a way of removing this thing. And I gave Ubuntu-desktop15.10 image a kick.
        Then I saw in Distrowatch (I think) the announcement of the new version of Chromixium, tried it and liked it.
        Very nice and lean distro which gives you opportunity to build a neat and tidy distro of your own taste.
        Will give it a try on my physical machine.

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  20. hi.

    I have no idea what i am doing. LOL.
    I “upgraded” form os x to chromixium on my iMac 2011 21″ and it worked perfectly for the last couple of days.
    Since last night i am unable to get past the error about unexpectedly disconnected from daemons.
    I have tried to update via the text as it is all i have access to but it installs update and then tells me i need to reboot. when i do i get back to the same error screen and then it asks me for my login details again over and over.

    Is it possible to reinstall chromixium from this line ulrich@ulrich-imac:~$

    it is my only computer( i had to borrow neighbors laptop to search for answers)

    PLEASE HELP

    Kind regards

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    1. If you want to reinstall, you need to boot back off the usb or dvd that you used first time. If you can post the errors then I might be able to help, but it depends what you did before the errors appeared and what you have done since…
      You can try these commands:
      sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg-core-lts-utopic
      sudo startx

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      1. hi.

        I installed an update and a program called TweakUbuntu. the error now says it cannot resolve DISPLAY.
        i am running an iMac 21.5″ 2011 model which is an all in one machine and the external dvd drive worked to install chromixium but now it will not accept the disk and i am using the external dvd drive as the internal one is broken. hence my loathing of apple products lately.

        i have tried both your suggestions above and they failed.
        sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg-core-lts-utopic came back with error cannot start /etc/X11/x (no such file or directory)

        is there a way to see what packages i installed in the last 2 days so that i can remove them one by one?

        kind regards

        I

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  21. Ok.

    I found about 190 updates and upgrades. But i also installed ubuntu tweak and vlc.
    After vlc i remember it wanted to do an update and then a restart.
    After the restart is when i started getting the text on the black screen.

    Sorry for being a pain. I am learning as i am going along.

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    1. Yes I don’t see why not.

      As you mentioned it updated the system and then asked for a reboot. Chromixium by default doesn’t do this and I think this might be the Ubuntu Tweak tool you used that you might want to avoid in future. It is designed for Ubuntu with Unity and might not work with all derivatives. It is possible that a kernel upgrade broke the boot process. You can try pressing the SHIFT or ESC key whilst booting to bring up the boot menu, select recovery boot options and choose an earlier kernel. If it boots, then use Synaptic to remove the troublesome kernel and then leave the automatic updates to handle updating the system.

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      1. thx very much but even that didnt work.
        cost me to get a laptop to load ubuntu to copy image from dvd to desktop then to make bootable sd card then fresh install on imac.
        everything works now except keyboard. currently looking into that for bluetooth aluminium apple keyboard.
        what concerns me is that even with the new install of the os when it boots my system it says error: unexpectedly disconnected boot status daemon.
        how do i fix this?

        kind regards.

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      2. It’s not a severe error. It looks as though the Plymouth boot animation isn’t fully compatible with your hardware boot sequence. As long as it boots to the login screen, you are okay!

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      3. Hi, ist the Long time in the Installation process has to be taken into account, it took hours at my Dell E53xx Notebook, but finally – after 3 or more hours – was ok and running! So be Patient…

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  22. I have my Chromixium now used on a DELL i5 Latitude machine 4 years old, as said, and now took this machine as Media-Center PC next to 55 Inch LG TV in living room with DVI-Cable to DV, and ist great!! FAST RELIABEL, and beautiful integrated in Goole universe! Thank you again! Also the Integration of Synology Disk Station DS is great, and reliable, printing is working properly on all Printers, cloud print, but the best is fast graphics and fast execution of all the things on this 55inch Display….;)

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    1. Unfortunately you will not be able to install Chromixium on your Samsung S4 because it is not a mobile phone operating system and only supports x86 and x86_64 processors.

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    1. the user rights could be the reason, only admins have the right to Change wallpapers, add pics to Folder I realized….BR Alex

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