Aiming to broaden the range of devices using the Linux-based technology, Lime is an operating system that’s much like Chrome OS but includes support for a variety of hardware.
Released last week by Liam McLoughlin, a developer known as “Hexxeh,” a new, improved version of Chromium OS-based Lime is now available for download from the project’s site.
‘Vastly Improved Support’
A “Vanilla” version of Chromium OS is also available from Hexxeh, and it’s considered “bleeding edge,” offering users “the opportunity to see and use the latest and greatest that Chromium OS has to offer,” according to the developer.
With a download size of about 250MB, Vanilla requires only a 4GB USB drive. Its hardware support, however, is limited.
The newly updated software adds support for the following components:
- Ralink WiFi – RT24XX, RT28XX, RT30XX
- Realtek WiFi – R8187SE, R8712U, RTL73, RTL8180, RTL8187, RTL8192XX
- Broadcom WiFi – BCM43XX
- nVidia GPUs – 6 series and newer
Full Java Support
Also new in this latest release of Lime is that support for Physical Address Extension (PAE) is no longer required.
Java is fully supported, and a raft of new plug-ins are on the way as well, the project says.
If you have hardware you’d like to use for which there’s a Linux driver that isn’t yet included, Hexxeh asks that you send a request via Twitter.
Chrome OS Alternatives
If you’ve been yearning to get a taste of Chrome OS without investing in new hardware, however, Lime could be another nice one to test out.
Katherine Noyes has been an ardent geek ever since she first conquered Pyramid of Doom on an ancient TRS-80. Today she covers business and tech in all its forms, with an emphasis on Linux and open source software. You can also find her on Twitter.