Chris Alexander

On Engineering

Chromium OS on the Dell Mini 9

The Definitive Guide

23rd June, 2012

I have had a Dell Mini 9 laptop for a long time - probably at least three years. In that time it has struggled under Windows XP (it still has the “Designed for Microsoft Windows XP” sticker, niiiice), Windows 7, Ubuntu, Jolicloud and a few other OSs that didn’t last more than a few minutes.

On each occasion it has proved horrendously under-powered. The most use I ever got out of it was carrying it around while my PC at home had remote desktop over the web enabled, and I could use it as a remote desktop terminal into that.

However just before my exams I realised Dell had the great vision to post some Chromium OS disk images which mean that you can quite easily revitalise your Dell Mini 9 with Chromium OS. I’m writing this post on it and let me assure you it is extremely quick!

To get started, you will need:

Enough of that, let’s get started!