Just hours after the launch of the high-resolution touchscreen laptop - the Chromebook Pixel, Benson Leung from Google is busy patching the Linux kernel to support Pixel's hardware. These kernel patches provide support for the ISL light sensor, Atmel MXT Touchpad, and Atmel MXT Touchscreen as found on the high-end Chrome OS-powered device.
The Pixel features a 12.85-inch, 2560-by-1700 touchscreen display, a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, an Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics chipset, 4GB of memory, and 32GB of solid-state storage—all in a 3.35-pound package that's about 0.64 inches thick. Clad in anodised aluminium, this compact device has a back-lit keyboard and 720p webcam.
We all agree that it has a fantastic display and some very nice hardware too. However, its $1,299-1,449 sticker price could be a setback for many customers wanting to dual-boot a more robust operating system. But lucky for us that the Internet giant has already started pushing Linux kernel patches for this notebook.
So let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best as it surely means loading your favourite Linux distribution on the x86 hardware.