openSUSE Running On $249 Google Chromebook
People have started to get their shiny and sleek $249 Google Chromebook. As expected many enthusiasts and developers have started trying out their own GNU/Linux based operating systems on this awesome device. Since it is powered by ARM, it has quite a lot of advantages over the ones running Intel chips. Google is really pushing the Linux desktop in the right direction.
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I ordered it specifically to have a good mobile ARM development platform. So after having used the bundled ChromeOS for the first half of the day I decided it was time to get this machine’s Geeko on. Thankfully one of the Google employed developers , Olof Johansson, was kind enough to post his steps to get Linux on the machine. So after my meetings were done, I downloaded the openSUSE 12.2 RC1 JeOS image and followed Olof’s steps. Everything worked a treat and it was an exceptionally painless process, and proof is in the blurry cam.
I only wish I had this ARM powered Chromebook.