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Developer Gets OpenSUSE Running On $249 Google Chromebook 81

Posted by timothy
from the eye-opener dept.
sfcrazy writes "Andrew Wafaa, an ARM developer who is responsible for porting openSUSE to ARM, just got his hands on the Chromebook, and he managed to run openSUSE on it." Hopefully that means other distros can be soon ported to the Chromebook as well.
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Developer Gets OpenSUSE Running On $249 Google Chromebook

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 25, 2012 @03:55PM (#41769893)

    This is a great idea - a lightweight, attractive, inexpensive ARM-powered notebook running GNU/Linux. But, I wonder why Samsung and others haven't bothered to "officially" offer it? I think a system like this, running KDE, could be very appealing to a present Windows 7 user, versus switching to a higher-priced system running Windows 8 and its unfamiliar "Modern" interface.

  • Re:Ubuntu, too. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Microlith (54737) on Thursday October 25, 2012 @04:00PM (#41769971)

    Yup. This is what I had a mind to do, but the stupid GPU driver situation on ARM makes life more than a little painful.

  • Re:Why not Debian? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by lkcl (517947) <lkcl@lkcl.net> on Thursday October 25, 2012 @04:39PM (#41770469) Homepage

    IMHO if chromebook wants to sell more than a tablet it must work as a real laptop, and a linux distro is at the moment the only way to have a complete personal computing experience on arm.

    this is only really going to happen when ARM SoC vendors get out of the "vertical market" mentality, and stop trying to control everything. this is a really in-depth topic so i'll describe it briefly (yes, briefly - despite appearances)

    the problem is that ARM SoCs have typically come from the "embedded" space, as "appliances", where android is now also considered to be an "appliance". what that means is that typically a device is designed by the SoC vendor themselves (a "reference design"), the software is written by the SoC vendor themselves, and the whole package sold, usually as a GPL-violating product, to factories who do NOT have ANY software expertise AT ALL.

    these factories receive a set of instructions:
    1) make PCB
    2) assemble PCB in case
    3) insert "boot sd/mmc card" to flash OS onto device
    4) pack in box
    5) sell box.

    the chromebook is absolutely *no* exception to this.

    what we're doing with the Rhombus Tech initiative, through the EOMA-68 hardware specification, is drawing a line in the sand, where the CPU is now on a Credit-Card-sized "module" along with the RAM and NAND Flash, but that's only half the story. because the CPU Cards can go into literally *any* EOMA-68-compliant mass-volume device, the CPU *has* to be considered to be "General Purpose". every CPU *has* to be "open" (or, alternatively, the burden is on the proprietary software vendor (e.g. apple or microsoft) or on the GPL-violating vendor to support literally every possible combination of devices that could possibly be out there or imagined).

    so we're turning things around: turning SoCs back towards where they ought to be (and are already in the x86 world): general-purpose processors that can run any OS.

  • Re:Ubuntu, too. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MichaelSmith (789609) on Thursday October 25, 2012 @04:48PM (#41770573) Homepage Journal

    Sorry but chromeOS led me directly to the idea of a real emacsOS when I read your comment.

  • Re:Why not Debian? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fm6 (162816) on Thursday October 25, 2012 @07:08PM (#41771965) Homepage Journal

    The point of the Chromebook is not to sell hardware. The point of the Chromebook is to sell the Google model of doing everything on the cloud. Selling cheap systems running a "real laptop" OS is an unprofitable low-margin business that's of no interest even to hardware companies, never mind a services company like Google.

    Hackers are hacking Chromebooks because they're hackers. The commercial viability of the combination is nil.

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