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  • #16
    Originally posted by peppercats View Post
    Would have immediately bought this to replace my c720 but the arm processor killed it for me.
    OT question (concerning the C720):
    Do you run Linux on it, or keep it stock (w/ or w/o crouton)?
    In case you're running Linux, which distribution?

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    • #17
      Finally saw the new Chromebook 13 availabe here for 300 euro (with vat). Time to retire the old x86 Acer after a long service and move on to a better battery and passive cooling.

      Any advice on a good distro for the Chromebook 13? Ubuntu 14.04? Linux4Tegra (yet another ubuntu?) Something else?

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      • #18
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        Originally posted by darkblu View Post
        Finally saw the new Chromebook 13 availabe here for 300 euro (with vat). Time to retire the old x86 Acer after a long service and move on to a better battery and passive cooling.

        Any advice on a good distro for the Chromebook 13? Ubuntu 14.04? Linux4Tegra (yet another ubuntu?) Something else?
        I've had the Jetson TK1 since early May. It runs L4T (Linux for Tegra) which is a lightly tweaked Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and uses the same repositories. It runs very well with KDE and 2GB of ram, although I'd go with the 4GB model. Gimp, Libreoffice, my USB Logitech webcam all work great. I would start there, since various bug have already been worked out and it's freely available from NVidia. Not sure how to boot it, although someone has probably already figured that out.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by deppman View Post
          I've had the Jetson TK1 since early May. It runs L4T (Linux for Tegra) which is a lightly tweaked Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and uses the same repositories. It runs very well with KDE and 2GB of ram, although I'd go with the 4GB model. Gimp, Libreoffice, my USB Logitech webcam all work great. I would start there, since various bug have already been worked out and it's freely available from NVidia. Not sure how to boot it, although someone has probably already figured that out.
          Thanks a bunch. After some googling it seems that it's possible to get 14.04LTS chrooted on the Chromebook 13 via Crouton.

          Cheers!

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          • #20
            So did anyone actually use some distro on the Chromebook 13 yet? Experiences? Do graphic card drivers already exist and work as they should? How's the performance?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by darkblu View Post
              Thanks a bunch. After some googling it seems that it's possible to get 14.04LTS chrooted on the Chromebook 13 via Crouton.

              Cheers!
              Keep in mind that Crouton security configuration is less than optimal. By default (at least in the last time I tested it) everything was running as root *Shrug*.
              DEV: Intel S2600C0, 2xE52658V2, 32GB, 4x2TB + 2x3TB, GTX780, F21/x86_64, Dell U2711.
              SRV: Intel S5520SC, 2xX5680, 36GB, 4x2TB, GTX550, F21/x86_64, Dell U2412..
              BACK: Tyan Tempest i5400XT, 2xE5335, 8GB, 3x1.5TB, 9800GTX, F21/x86-64.
              LAP: ASUS N56VJ, i7-3630QM, 16GB, 1TB, 635M, F21/x86_64.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by darkblu View Post
                Thanks a bunch. After some googling it seems that it's possible to get 14.04LTS chrooted on the Chromebook 13 via Crouton.

                Cheers!
                Crouton will always work on any chromebook. It's just a simple chroot. That said... 'extras' for it are not working. There is currently no hardware acceleration which means a desktop gui is horrendously laggy.

                To my knowledge, there are currently no instructions anywhere for full linux. Fedora hinted at support in their blog but since then there has been no word. Arch Linux ARM seemed to trying for it initially but I haven't heard anything from that front either.

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