Build your own Google Chromebook

Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, so you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.

With the recent release of Google’s Chromebooks, you might find yourself asking if you really want to spend your hard-earned cash on one. Don’t worry – we’ll show you how you can test out all aspects of a Chromebook without having to sink any of your cash into the hardware.

Currently, there is a simple way to build your own Google Chromebook, you can get Ubuntu OS (Chromium is based on Ubuntu), install it on your laptop and promise to use the Chrome browser for everything you do. .

Guidance: Build your Chromebook tribute with Ubuntu

Step 1. Download the OS

Unlike older Linux distributions, Ubuntu is extremely easy to install and it works very well on older laptops. It’s lightweight and fast and will breathe new life in that old VISTA or Windows7 machine.  I’d allow my parents to install Ubuntu with the confidence that I wouldn’t get a follow-up support call. It’s that easy.  Sure, you won’t get the 8 second boot time, but you’ll have a lightweight, fast, web machine that will give you the poor man’s Chromebook experience.

Download the latest release of the Ubuntu operating system.  Burn the ISO to a CD or thumb drive.


Step 2. Insert the ISO disk and install Ubuntu to your laptop

Step 3. Install the Chrome browser

After Ubuntu is installed, go to the ‘start’ dropdown and select the ‘software center.’ Search for Chrome and select the install button.

Step 4. Use the Chrome browser for everything

Aside from startup and shutdown, stay away from everything else that is offered by the OS.  Set up an account with Google so you can access Google Docs.  Everything you do should be managed online.

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