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    Phoronix: Google's Chromebook "Samus" Now Supported By Coreboot

    As of today Google's upcoming "Samus" Chromebook is supported by Coreboot...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc3NTc

  • #2
    shay muss? Frum Oilun?

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    • #3
      If it offers more freedom (installing your own os) and storage than the original pixel it will be good.

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      • #4
        What "both types of memory"?

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        • #5
          Price

          Hope it has a better price than the Chromebook Pixel which was insanely expensive.

          One can hope for more RAM too and a bigger SSD.

          I wonder if it will have that same weird screen aspect ratio as the Pixel too.

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          • #6
            Right. Google knows how to design good hardware, they know Coreboot and it is in their self-interest to promote Linux use alongside their Chrome*/Android platforms as that usage will another growing wedge off Microsoft's efforts to retake control.

            Chromebooks will benefit from economies of scale so if someone at Google could manage to convince the restriction-freak management to relax a bit and release the odd version of chromebook that 1) supports installing any 'reference' distro of Linux and 2) is easily expandable (with generally available standard hardware) they'd help themselves while also extending an olive branch to the community that has enabled their rise to power and wealth in the first place.

            Of course OEMs could design such devices as well, unless Google has contractually restricted them from enabling their users.

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            • #7
              And here I thought CoreBoot only supported old hardware still. This excites me. I am not pleased with the UEFI most laptops use.

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              • #8
                It's a reverse trap.

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                • #9
                  Is it a chromebook meant for gaming? Does it come with Metroid pre-installed?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rabcor View Post
                    Is it a chromebook meant for gaming? Does it come with Metroid pre-installed?
                    You can do gaming with WebGL, and HTML5 canvas. I guess with Google Native Client (NaCl) too.
                    Or just install crouton then you can install Steam.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rabcor View Post
                      Is it a chromebook meant for gaming? Does it come with Metroid pre-installed?
                      It doesn't take a very powerful system to play Metroid

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                      • #12
                        Will it play Metroid: Other M?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by My8th View Post
                          Will it play Metroid: Other M?
                          While, I'm sure you guys are joking, I'll answer anyways. According to the Dolphin-emu compatibility list, yes, you can play "Metroid: Other M". Just use the BIOS compatibility payload to load a normal Linux distribution on this Chromebook and install the emulator.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CTown View Post
                            While, I'm sure you guys are joking, I'll answer anyways. According to the Dolphin-emu compatibility list, yes, you can play "Metroid: Other M". Just use the BIOS compatibility payload to load a normal Linux distribution on this Chromebook and install the emulator.
                            I'm not sure how well Wii/Gamecube games would run on a Chromebook.

                            How about Super Metroid though?
                            http://toadking.com/retroarch/

                            It's Retroarch and some cores ported to Javascript with Emscripten. It wouldn't even require loading a normal Linux distribution.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gaml View Post
                              I'm not sure how well Wii/Gamecube games would run on a Chromebook...
                              It's just an Intel based laptop with Google's desktop installed over Gentoo. Also, Gamecube games work surprisingly well on my laptop with Ivy Bridge.

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