Individual Report Name: Paul Graves Date:
ICASAS419A Support system software
Case Study – Install Chromium OS PC’s for Tiwi Island College
What is Google Chrome OS?
Chromebooks for Education
How to get Chrome OS for FREE and put older computers to good use
What do you spend most of your time doing on a computer? For more and more
people, the answer is, in some form or another, simply browsing the web. Whether
it’s internet banking, watching the BBC iPlayer or checking your email, all these
things are now done through a web-browser. And rising the fastest among those
web-browsers is not the newly launch Internet Explorer 9, or the geeks’ favourite,
Firefox. It’s Chrome, the upstart from Google that’s been built for speed.
Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work
exclusively with web applications. Google announced the operating system on July
7, 2009 and made it an open source project, called Chromium OS, that November.
Unlike Chromium OS, which can be compiled from the downloaded source code,
Chrome OS only ships on specific hardware from Google's manufacturing partners.
The user interface takes a minimalist approach, resembling that of the Chrome
web browser. Since Google Chrome OS is aimed at users who spend most of their
computer time on the Internet, the only application on the device is a browser
incorporating a media player and a file manager.
The expected launch date for retail hardware featuring Chrome OS slipped after
Google first announced the operating system: from an initial forecast date in late
2010 to June 15, 2011, when "Chromebooks" from Samsung (and then Acer in
July) actually shipped.
Google Chrome OS Review
Google Chrome OS CR-48 review
Samsung Chromebook review
• How do you install chrome OS
• what is chrome os
• What do you think about Chromebooks & Google Chrome OS?
• Windows 8 and HTML5 Apps - empowering the competition?
• Google I/O 2011 keynote is livestreaming
Complete the following project.
You are developing a PC running Chromium OS for Tiwi Island College that has
been connected to broadband.
Island school builds a future for the Tiwi
• by: Natasha Robinson
• From: The Australian
MOTHERS and fathers of the Tiwi Islands have known for years that the
education system was failing their children.
For 20 years, they watched their children come out of school unemployable, unable to
read and write.
As mining, forestry and horticulture industries boomed around them, traditional owners
despaired as the jobs created by their enterprises one by one went to white people
from outside the islands.
Senior community members saw only one solution: to build their own school.
Obtaining funding was a difficult and at times highly political battle, but the dream
many Tiwi islanders have held for decades was realised this year when the $16million
Tiwi College finally opened its doors.
Forty-eight children have just completed their first term at the college, where
students fly in to Pikertaramoor, nestled in a patch of tropical forest, on Mondays, and
fly home to their communities at Melville and Bathurst Islands on Fridays.
During the week, they live in residences called family group homes, alongside staff who
have been specifically hired by the Tiwi Education Board to carry out a parental role
during the school week. "This secondary school will certainly give my people the
opportunity to equal other people in this country," says Cyril Kalippa, a respected Tiwi
Islands traditional owner.
Teachers have before them a massive task. Testing of literacy and numeracy carried
out on at least half of the 75 13- and 14-year-old children who enrolled when Tiwi
College opened its doors early this year had the literacy levels of six-year-olds. Only
one child was performing at the appropriate level for her age.
The testing results mirror data kept by the Catholic Education Office, which runs
three schools on the Tiwi Islands -- one a primary school and two of them combined
primary and secondary schools. Only three out of a total of 54 students at remote
Catholic indigenous community schools achieved the minimum benchmark level set by
the Northern Territory Government for reading in 2006. Numeracy figures were just
as bad, with only two out of 55 students who took the Multilevel Assessment
Performance test reaching the benchmark.
Traditional owners at the Tiwi Islands said they believed it was important that their
children were educated in a boarding-school type arrangement that was free from the
social dysfunction of Tiwi Islands communities.
"Some houses would not have proper facilities like a fridge, and kids miss out on food,"
says Bernard Tipaloura, who sits on the Tiwi Education Board.
"I don't blame kids that are going hungry for not wanting to go to school. That's almost
a reason to build a boarding school."
The former federal government agreed to fund Tiwi College in 2006. The school is
funded in the same way as non-government schools around Australia.
Tiwi College principal Peter McNamara says the fact it's an independent school means
that Tiwi islanders have been able to institute their clear ideas of how they want their
school to run.
"I personally think one of the problems has been that we have not set the bar high
enough for indigenous kids," he says. "At this school, we want our kids to be able to
access anything that is available to anyone else."
Investigate and answer the following questions
Name: Paul Graves Date: /100marks
• Explain the Google operating system software ‘Chromium OS’? /10 marks
Chromium OS is an Operating System produced by Google and based on the
Open Source Linux Kernel. Chromium OS is almost identical to Chrome OS
except that the source code is freely available to download so it can be modified
to run on platforms other than the pc. Chromium OS is seen as an ideal
Operating System for Thin Clients due to its extremely low hardware
• What are the main features of Chrome OS and how is it maintained?
• Google Chrome has an extremely fast boot time, and can be ready to run
anywhere between 3 and 7 seconds.
• Can read documents created in Microsoft Office
• Chromes use of cloud computing ensures that if you lose your computer,
you can recover your data by logging on to another computer.
• Chrome automatically updates.
• What are the main disadvantages of Chrome OS? /10 marks
ANSWER: At the moment Chrome OS does not have a complete file manager
that is required to store data offline. Chrome OS is a cloud computing Operating
System, so most of its functionality occurs through the Internet, which makes
it difficult to use in areas where Internet connectivity is poor or unavailable.
• How can you monitor and manage system usage and security? /10 marks
ANSWER: Google Chrome OS requires almost no technical maintenance as it
performs the majority of its functions using the Internet.
• How do you install Chrome OS /10 marks
Use Screenshots to illustrate procedures wherever possible.
1.Go to the following website
In the Download section, click on the usb icon to download the latest version of
• In the Download section, click on the Virtual Box icon to download the
latest version of Chrome OS.
• Google Chrome OS will be downloaded as a .tar.gz file. Unzip the file.
• Download and install Virtual Box from this website. Set Virtual Box to
open Google Chrome OS which will automatically install itself.
• What are the 5 most downloaded Chrome apps? /10 marks
• Notebox- Design feedback tool
• Launchlist Pro
• My Net Diary Calourie Counter and Food Diary
• Slide Rocket
• Recommend 5 free ‘system software tools (utilities) from the Chrome Web
App Store suitable for Tiwi Island College /10 marks
Chrome Web App Reason
iVocab Allows children to develop their vocabulary
which is a valuable tool in developing literacy
Practice Maths Teaches children the basics of maths
including addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division.
Kid mode for Chrome Comes with hundred of freely available
educational games that will help familiarise
children with technology.
Planetarium Can be used to teach children about the
stars and planets in the universe.
Scientific Is a useful tool in assisting children with
mathematical skills. Is a cost effective
alternative to purchasing calculator
• Set up and manage the operating system by installing Chromium OS on a Lab
PC /10 marks
Provide a ScreenShot of the PC Hardware prior to OS installation:
Provide a ScreenShot of the working Chromium OS:
• Install the recommended 5 free ‘system software tools (utilities)’
Provide ScreenShots of the working Chromium OS tools (utilities):
• Save this document in Google Doc’s /10 marks
Backup the document online
PRESENTATION due in class 24/11/11
Create a presentation on your PC with Chromium OS summarising how your PC is
suited or not suited to the scenario of Tiwi Island College and recommendations
for further development.
SLIDE 1: Introduction
SLIDE 2: Picture of Tiwi Island College
SLIDE 3: PC Hardware
SLIDE 4: PC Software
SLIDE 5: Installation steps
SLIDE 7: APPS chosen and why
SLIDE 8: PC Performance under Chrome OS
SLIDE 9: Summary
SLIDE 10: Recommendations
The Project - due to be loaded onto your wiki by 12 pm 24 November 2011