I had a chromebook when they were new.
In order to do anything fun with it, I had to set up some kind of chroot environment.
I don't want to do that.
But it would be kind of fun to get it booting in to a full screen GemDOS or, like, an amiga emulator.
How locked down is this thing?
@keithzg I appreciate this extended perspective.
It sounds less painful than it was on my Acer chromebook 8 years ago (although the ctrl-d/ctrl-l is familiar, and I did accidentally wipe the thing the last time I picked it up.
I'm still trying to reason out exactly how I want to use the thing, but I'll figure it out by the time it's here.
@ajroach42 All of the pixelbooks can be put in to developer mode and run Linux, natively, and are as well supported as Linux on a laptop on x86 hardware tends to end up being (I say as I expect a lockup per week from sleep). The just announced framebook chromebook might be a tiny bit better of an overall choice for longer term usage.
And in either case, the chroot tools, so that you don't have to just go native Linux unless you want are a lot more polished these days.
@ajroach42 From what I remember the x86 based ones can basically be regular linux laptops. The Arm ones required the chroot stuff.
@kelbot @ajroach42 Arm chromebooks work well enough running other Linux distributions bare metal, at least after enough of the patches find their way to the mainline kernel. (I'm typing this reply from one, which is seven years old and still going strong.)
However, most people do stick with the depthcharge bootloader which requires manually packing kernel images when using most distributions. Installation is also a fairly manual process.
I've crammed galliumos on an x86 acer chromebook a few years ago and it's still happily in use in our house.
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