Mike Kasberg

Husband. Father. Software engineer. Ubuntu Linux user.

Image for Chromium OS on a 2007 MacBook

Chromium OS on a 2007 MacBook

28 May 2016

Chromebooks are becoming more popular these days, and their simplicity is something that really appeals to me. I wanted a Chromebook, but not so much that I wanted to spend a lot of money to buy one. At the same time, I had an old 2007 MacBook lying around that was becoming nearly unusable because it was so slow. The version of macOS it was running was outdated, and I didn’t want to spend money on an upgrade for such a slow computer. So… I turned it into a Chromebook!

I used the CloudReady Chromium OS distribution provided by Neverware, and the installation process was really easy! The hardest part was getting the MacBook to boot from a big enough USB stick. For some reason, my MacBook wouldn’t boot from my Toshiba 16GB flash drive. Using a Kingston DataTraveler drive (recommended on the CloudReady forums) fixed the problem - something about the way this drive is recognized by the MacBook made it work. After booting from the USB stick, just a few quick installation steps and you’re done!

Installing CloudReady

CloudReady (and other Chromium OS distributions) are a great way to repurpose old hardware. A lot of the time, you just want a device that boots up quickly and lets you browse the web or send some email, and Chromium OS/CloudReady is perfect for that.

Want to give this a try with your own old computer?

There are a few different variants of Chromium OS you could use, but CloudReady is probably the easiest to install.

  1. Download CloudReady from here.
  2. Follow the instructions to create a bootable USB stick with CloudReady on it.
  3. Insert the USB stick into your old computer, boot from the USB stick, and follow the instructions to complete the installation.

About the Author

Mike Kasberg

👋 Hi, I'm Mike! I'm a husband, I'm a father, and I'm a senior software engineer at Strava. I use Ubuntu Linux daily at work and at home. And I enjoy writing about Linux, open source, programming, 3D printing, tech, and other random topics.


Sharing my blog posts is a great way to support me and help my blog grow!

I run this blog in my spare time, without any ads. There's no need to pay to access any of the content on this site, but if you find my content useful and would like to show your support, this is a small gesture to let me know what you like and encourage me to write more great content!