Chrome OS and Ubuntu Are Running on Nexus 7 Tablets

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 05, 2012

There's so much going on in the small tablet device space, with Apple recently announcing the iPad Mini and Google heavily pushing its Nexus 7 tablet devices. The Nexus 7 is notable because the entry-level device is priced at under $200.

Recently, we noted that Canonical has posted complete instructions for installing Ubuntu on a Nexus 7 tablet, and there are people going with that option. And now, although the demonstration doesn't come from Google, there are instructions online for putting Google's Chrome OS on the Nexus 7.

You can hardly turn on a TV without greeting ads from Apple for its iPad Mini tablet, but the Nexus 7 is carving out its own niche as a low priced option. On the Droid Life blog, you can watch a video of Chrome OS running on a Nexus 7. The developer who pulled off this hack has his own post up about it. 

He doesn't supply the complete instructions for putting the operating system on the tablet, but says he will deliver them soon.

And, as we reported, Canonical has officially posted instructions for putting Ubuntu on the Nexus 7 tablet.  The steps for installation are very easy and Canonical has even supplied command line instructions.

It seems clear that people are going to run multiple operating systems on emerging tablet devices. And, open source operating systems are going to be in the mix.