To get it run on Linux we need to first go thought a few steps
First, download the tar file from Sourceforge.
This tar file contains all the necessary files to run contains Chromium OS. Since the flash pepper plugin is not opensource it is not included in the tar file. We will look at how to add it to Chromium later.
Once downloaded and unpacked on to the folder of your choosing you will need to get a set of API keys. Due to Google’s policies and limited number of uses per month the free API’s have, all my chromium builds get compiled without access to Google API’s and hence no Google services.
Getting a set of these for yourself is a fairly trivial mater.
First get yourself to the Google Developers Console and create a project.
After creating one make sure to select all the apis you will need to use Chromium OS.
Make sure you are a member of email@example.com (you can just subscribe to chromium-dev and choose not to receive mail). For convenience, the APIs below are only visible to people subscribed to that group.
You should select anything with Chrome on its name, like the ones bellow.
Chrome Remote Desktop API
Chrome Spelling API
Chrome Suggest API
Chrome Sync API
Chrome Translate Element
Google Maps Geolocation API
Safe Browsing API
Time Zone API
Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome
Drive API (Optional, enable this for Files.app on Chrome OS and SyncFileSystem API)
Google Now For Chrome API (Optional, enabled to show Google Now cards)
Chrome OS Hardware ID API
Chrome OS Registration API
After selecting all of the API’s go to the Credentials tab and click on Create new Client ID button in the OAuth section to create an OAuth 2.0 client ID.
You want “Installed Application” for the APPLICATION TYPE section and you want “Other” for the INSTALLED APPLICATION TYPE section.
Once done you click the red Create New Key button in the Public API Access section and create a new Browser key.
You want to leave the box on the “Create a browser key and configure allowed referers” empty.
(This explanation was adapted from http://www.chromium.org/developers/how-tos/api-keys)
After this you will need to get the GOOGLE_API_KEY, GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID, GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET from the credentials page (these are the key’s that you just created).
After you have all these keys, you can start chromium with a few simple commands.
cd <PLACE WHERE DECOMPRESSED YOUR TAR FILE>
export GOOGLE_API_KEY="<INSERT HERE>"
export GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID="<INSERT HERE>"
export GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET="<INSERT HERE>"
./chrome --login-manager --user-data-dir=$HOME/cros_user
With these line you will able to start chromium os. The option “–user-data-dir=$HOME/cros_user” will allow chromium os to run without disrupt any current chromium installations you might have on your system.
*IF* upon running this you get the following bug:
[30318:30318:0131/185540:FATAL:browser_main_loop.cc(168)] Running without the SUID sandbox! See https://code.google.com/p/chromium/wiki/LinuxSUIDSandboxDevelopment for more information on developing with the sandbox on. Aborted
you will need to run the following 2 lines.
sudo chown root:root chrome-sandbox
sudo chmod 4755 chrome-sandbox
All my builds come with sandbox included.
To use flash with your Chromium OS, the easiest way it to copy your flash pepper plugin from your Google Chrome installation. (assuming you have it installed…)
go to /opt/google/google-chrome and copy the PepperFlash folder to your Chromium OS folder.
To start using it you will need to add the following options to your chromium os:
./chrome --login-manager --user-data-dir=$HOME/cros_user --ppapi-flash-path=PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so --ppapi-flash-version=18.104.22.1686
The version number needs to be copied from the 4th line of the manifest.json that is inside of the PepperFlash folder.