[ARMedslack] New Samsung Chromebook
pirkster at gmail.com
Fri Oct 19 23:12:29 UTC 2012
You most certainly may! I have been playing with Chromium OS since Feb
2010. The OS is a very optimized version of Gentoo, and the entires source
tree is available from chromium.org (the open source version of Google's
Chrome OS which is what the Samsung is loaded with). A Chromebook can be in
a verified boot mode, meaning the basic OS is read only, or it can be in
dev mode, which allows you to perform normal Linux system operations. What
Google has done that is different from other OS's, is that they have made
the Chrome browser the entire GUI and window manager. It is really very
The first unit released by Google was the Cr-48, essentially a hardware
reference platform they sent to schools to pilot test and to a bunch of
geeks who proceed to hack the hell out of them (as Google hoped they
would). My Cr-48 is in dev mode, and I have added pre-built packages (very
similar to Slackware packages) that have added tar, streamripper, mplayer2
and a bunch of other programs not supplied with Chrome OS. That is
the simplest way to have a Chromebook that can also perform many standalone
I am not sure this link will work, but the author shared his Google Drive
folder with all of the x86_64 packages in it to the public.
Short url http://goo.gl/GZDij
One of the first things people did was to be able to dual boot Chrome OS
devices with Ubuntu. Then came Windows and now Mac.
This is a link to Chrubuntu - adding Ubuntu 12.04 to a Chromebook:
If you want to test drive Chromium OS, there is a kid named Hexxeh who
builds bootable USB images you can test out on your current machines:
There are more resources out there, and I will add good ones as I find them.
-- steve <http://pirk.com>
On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM, Ottavio Caruso <pr0f3ss0r1492 at yahoo.com>wrote:
> On 19 October 2012 16:54, Steve Pirk <pirkster at gmail.com> wrote:
> > as each device has a developer switch that 1) gives you a bash shell,
> and 2)
> > allows you to set it up for dual or triple booting.
> Can I take advantage of your kindness and ask you to expand on this
> topic, especially the dual booting thing? Unfortunately I haven't got
> my hands on any of these devices and I know nobody who has.
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