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    Default Google's Already Working On Haswell Chromebooks

    Phoronix: Google's Already Working On Haswell Chromebooks

    Intel hasn't yet even released their Haswell processors to the general public for use within notebooks, ultrabooks, and desktops, but Google engineers are already hard at work on prepping Haswell Chromebooks...

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

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    If they built a pixel like machine without the limitations of having to go in dev mode in order to get it to run a proper distro it will be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89c51 View Post
    If they built a pixel like machine without the limitations of having to go in dev mode in order to get it to run a proper distro it will be interesting.
    Not happening...

    All those troubles with "dev" mode are for STOLEN chromebooks.

    Eg. if someone steal your chromebook, and install his own software, than your data is still safe(ly deleted).

    So...

    NOT HAPPENING.


    And what it is HARD, about buying NEW chromebook and entering dev mode right away? (So you do not loose ANY data, which simply isn't there?)

    (Oh and now you know why netbooks failed. MS put artificial constrains for cheaper license, but WinXP also could not work everywhere..)
    Last edited by przemoli; 03-22-2013 at 04:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by przemoli View Post
    Not happening...

    All those troubles with "dev" mode are for STOLEN chromebooks.

    Eg. if someone steal your chromebook, and install his own software, than your data is still safe(ly deleted).

    So...

    NOT HAPPENING.


    And what it is HARD, about buying NEW chromebook and entering dev mode right away? (So you do not loose ANY data, which simply isn't there?)

    (Oh and now you know why netbooks failed. MS put artificial constrains for cheaper license, but WinXP also could not work everywhere..)
    Well what i prefer is to be able to boot right away by pressing the power button than wait 30sec or having to press extra key combos. The hardware is too good to fuck it up with stuff like that. A tianocore UEFI payload would be enough for me.

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    Default Chromebook is like a tablet with a keyboard

    It comes with like 2 GB RAM and you can't really use it for anything useful consumption.
    It is just a web browser.

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    Why? Just WHY would you want Haswell Chromebook? The whole point of Chromebook is to have terminal to access the cloud. And as far as I know ARM is capable of running these "apps" and even doing much more. HW seems just like an overpriced paperweight...

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    Default What about CROUTON benchmarks

    CROUTON Chromium OS Ubuntu Chroot Environment https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton

    CROUTON needs some benchmarks and a great article here at Phoronix.

    I think it is a "must have" for Chrome OS power users.

    And of course an easy guide for intalling it would help non power users to convert they "silly" Chromebook to a complete computer, being able to use a complete GNU/Linux OS including wine and QEMU, Virtual box and others for MS WOS, OSX Android and IOS virtualization or "no emulation".

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    You CAN'T have 3D without LOCAL GPU.

    So Intel offerings can still bring some merit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by przemoli View Post
    Not happening...

    All those troubles with "dev" mode are for STOLEN chromebooks.

    Eg. if someone steal your chromebook, and install his own software, than your data is still safe(ly deleted).

    So...

    NOT HAPPENING.


    And what it is HARD, about buying NEW chromebook and entering dev mode right away? (So you do not loose ANY data, which simply isn't there?)

    (Oh and now you know why netbooks failed. MS put artificial constrains for cheaper license, but WinXP also could not work everywhere..)
    No, it's not for stolen Chromebooks. That message is shown when the verified boot mechanism is turned off, allowing you to boot your own, customized kernel.

    Google basically has two options if it wants to use verified boot to make sure no rootkits are on the device:

    1) Disable booting of any kernel not signed by Google. (we don't want that, since it would mean we wouldn't be able to boot Linux)
    2) Display a big-ass warning, saying "YOU'VE DISABLED VERIFIED BOOT. IF YOU HAVEN'T MANUALLY DONE THIS YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN HACKED!", thus allowing tinkerers to install a custom OS, while still allowing protection against compromized devices

    IMO, the only thing we can do to get rid of that message is to wait until someone develops a custom firmware for the Chromebook, hopefully with some kind of bootloader support, so we can choose OS on startup (GRUB?).

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