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[Freedombox-discuss] New Samsung Chromebook

+++ Eugen Leitl [2012-10-20 10:01 +0200]:
> ----- Forwarded message from peter green <plugwash at p10link.net> -----
> From: peter green <plugwash at p10link.net>
> 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> just wondering if you know anything about the new chromebook
> <plugwash> 1: can you put regular linux on it or are you stuck with
> chromeos?
> <plugwash> 2: does it overheat if you try and run it with the lid shut
> under heavy CPU load for long periods
> <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> 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> :)

And more details about installing a real OS on are here:

It does seem like a really useful device.

The exynos chip in it has a real SATA interface, but it's probably not
exposed usefully on this hardware, unfortunately. 

Principal hats:  Linaro, Emdebian, Wookware, Balloonboard, ARM

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