November 2009

Chrome OS: Step by Step build and run using Ubuntu 9.10 and VMware Fusion 3 (Mac OS X)

Here’s a step by step breakdown of how to build Chrome OS under Ubuntu 9.10 (running as a virtual machine with VMware Fusion on Mac OS X) and testing the built image also via VMware Fusion.    At this time of the original post I couldn’t get chromium (the browser portion) to actually build, as it had compilation errors, and it required a pre-built browser…

File System Compression in HFS+: Space savings and performance gain?

Many modern operating systems offer compression at the individual file level.  This is most useful when it is transparent, allowing all programs and utilities to take advantage of compression without a need for specific programming.  Contrast this with compressed file or archive formats, such as zip, bzip2, gzip, which aren’t typically handled directly by applications and therefore cannot be described as transparent.  As we…