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[Freedombox-discuss] New Samsung Chromebook

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From: peter green <plugwash@p10link.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012 00:21:24 +0100
To: debian-arm at lists.debian.org
Subject:  Re: New Samsung Chromebook
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Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 09:51:39PM -0400, Bryan King wrote:
>> I am seriously thinking about it given the attractive price point of $249.
> Yes, but does Google want you to be able to install Linux on it
I don't see why not. It's not google's style to sell locked down devices.

Also I just had a chat on irc with a google employee who had the following
to say.

<plugwash> Hexxeh, you arround?
<Hexxeh> yeah
<plugwash> just wondering if you know anything about the new chromebook
<Hexxeh> quite a bit, i worked on it :)
<Hexxeh> well, not directly, but same team anyhow
<plugwash> ok some questions
<plugwash> 1: can you put regular linux on it or are you stuck with
<plugwash> 2: does it overheat if you try and run it with the lid shut
under heavy CPU load for long periods
<plugwash> 3: is the USB stack reliable
<Hexxeh> you could debootstrap debian or something onto there
<Hexxeh> you do need to self-sign your own kernel or use the chrome os
one and put it into the spare KERN-C partition
<Hexxeh> as far as having the lid shut and thermals, i'm not too sure
<Hexxeh> it's certainly going to throttle before you kill it
<Hexxeh> i guess there's just too many factors that would affect it for
me to call that
<Hexxeh> USB stack wise, as far as I know, but don't quote me
<Hexxeh> if you find it isn't, do report bugs and people will take care
of it
<Hexxeh> i don't think we'd be releasing it if it weren't though ;)
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<plugwash> how is it cooled?
<Hexxeh> it's passively cooled
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<Hexxeh> heat gets conducted through the rest of the casing
<Hexxeh> as far as i know, anyway
<Hexxeh> i've used one of them for a while but i haven't torn it apart
and don't know massive amounts about the internal design
<plugwash> yeah, i'm just wondering how badly they would suffer if you
stacked a load of them on a rack shelf with USB3 hard drives and USB2
ethernet adaptors and used them as autobuilders
<Hexxeh> just asked around people who know more about this stuff
<Hexxeh> go ahead and stack them with the lids closed
<Hexxeh> as long as you're not nailing the GPU you ought to be fine
<Hexxeh> :)

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