Chromium OS & Cloudready on QEMU

After reading about some new features relating to running linux applications coming to Chrome OS I thought it was time to revisit the possibility of running Chromium OS in a virtual environment.


Chromium OS 67.0.3390.0


Neverware Cloudready 63.3.41


Chromium OS seems to run really well on QEMU & there are none of the boot problems encountered on VirtualBox.

Chrome OS vs Chromium OS


Chrome OS

Playstore for Android Apps
Verified Boot
Security Updates

Chromium OS

No Playstore for Android Apps
No Verified Boot
Default shell account has no password & can sudo

The Future Of Chromebooks & Chrome OS

The future of Chrome OS looks really interesting.
Google are working on getting linux desktop apps running using kvm & other technologies.

crosvm is currently available to google pixelbook users via the beta channel.

There are also some interesting high-end chromebooks coming out like the Samsung Chromebook Plus which has an ARM based CPU, touchscreen & a high resolution screen (basically an arm version of the pixelbook).


Getting Chromium OS running was a bit more involved than virtualbox but it runs really quick.
Once running, it provides a platform for testing things in linux without the need for chromebook hardware.

For long term use I would say buying a chromebook with Chrome OS would be much better than relying on Chromium OS as you gain so much in terms of support, features & security. (Also basic chromebooks are really cheap)

ref: Neverware Cloudready / Chromium OS