GalliumOS an Xubuntu Based Linux OS for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes released

GalliumOS an Xubuntu Based Linux OS for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes has just been introduced. GalliumOS is a fast and lightweight Linux distro for ChromeOS devices. GalliumOS includes optimizations that eliminate system stalls and improve overall responsiveness.

  • Alternative kernel schedulers to prevent system stalls
    • BFS for process scheduling
    • BFQ for I/O scheduling
  • Removed some services to improve the boot time and reduce memory usage
  • Zram for swap, which is a much faster swap than to disk
  • Removed unnecessary kernel features/modules
  • Compton as the compositor for tear free compositing
    • Performs better than enabling Tear Free in the Intel graphics driver

GalliumOS linux

Improved Powersaving

  • The kernel watchdog timer has been disabled.
  • Disabled HDMI polling (that doesn’t prevent HDMI connections from working)
  • Reduced the minimum GPU frequency

Improved Touchpad

Integrated ChromeOS mouse driver provides a touchpad experience similar to ChromeOS

Faster boot up

Boot up time is faster than other Linux distros.

Built on Xubuntu

A fast, lightweight, beautiful, and fully functional desktop

Bug Fixes

Fixes for issues that affect ChromeOS devices and are not found in standard distros

  • xfce4 power manager issues
  • replaced light-locker since it causes the screen to power off
  • HDMI issues
  • Media keys
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