1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Ubuntu 13.04 Will Have Better Exynos 5 Chromebook Support

Hardware

Published on 05 February 2013 02:30 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
Comment On This Article

Ubuntu 13.04 will feature better support for the Samsung Chromebook that's powered by the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual ARM SoC.

The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is one of my favorite pieces of hardware right now since it's one of the first PCs using the Samsung Exynos 5, or more particularly an ARM Cortex-A15 SoC. The Cortex-A15 is very fast when compared to the Cortex-A9 and even some Intel x86 CPUs. Ubuntu Linux runs very fast on the ARM Cortex-A15 and overall I've been enjoying the performance and feature-set out of this latest generation SoC from Samsung.

For any developers looking for an ARM development platform or any ARM hardware in general, I highly recommend the Samsung Chromebook as its one of the few devices in the marketplace at the moment to sport an A15 dual-core processor. The price also isn't bad (circa $250 USD), which is basically priced the same as the Exynos 5 ArndaleBoard.

Anyhow, Ubuntu 13.04 will improve support for this latest ARM Chromebook to run Google's OS. The Ubuntu 13.04 repository just received ARM's new universal X.Org graphics driver, a.k.a. the xf86-video-armsoc DDX. This is a generic ARM SoC DDX driver for the X.Org Server originally derived from the xf86-video-omap driver.

Samsung already provides in the upstream kernel its Exynos DRM driver for kernel mode-setting.

Also coming to the Ubuntu "Raring" repository is a "linux-chromebook" package for having dependencies on the necessary support packages for the Samsung Series 5 hardware.

Also bettering up the support state is the forthcoming "vboot-utils" package. The vboot-utils package provides the Chrome OS verified boot utilities required to sign kernels. This is for signing custom Linux kernels using vbutil_kernel in order to get them booted by Chrome OS devices without needing to change the firmware to ignore the kernel signature checks.

It's also possible we may see the necessary (closed-source) OpenGL ES driver appear within the Ubuntu 13.04 repository too.

This Samsung Chromebook status support update for the next Ubuntu release was shared on Marcin Juszkiewicz's blog, an embedded Linux developer and one of those working to improve the Linux support for the Google Chromebook.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver
  2. The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers
  3. AMD R600g/RadeonSI Performance On Linux 3.16 With Mesa 10.3-devel
  4. Intel Pentium G3258 On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel
  2. KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10
  3. X.Org Server 1.16 Officially Released With Terrific Features
  4. Ubuntu With Linux 3.16 Smashes OS X 10.9.4 On The MacBook Air
Latest Linux News
  1. NVIDIA Is Working Towards VDPAU H.265/HEVC Support
  2. Hawaii Bug-Fixes Start Hitting Mainline RadeonSI Gallium3D
  3. The FFmpeg vs. Libav War Continues In Debian Land
  4. Grand Theft Auto Running On Direct3D Natively On Linux Shows Gallium3D Potential
  5. GCC As A Just-In Time Compiler Is An Interesting Project
  6. Age Of Wonders III Is Still Being Ported To Linux
  7. Git 2.1 To Further Mainline Windows Support Patches
  8. Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Settling For Linux 3.16
  9. Meson: A Next-Gen Build System Showing Promise
  10. Linux 3.16-rc7 Calms Things Down For The Linux 3.16 Kernel
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Debian + radeonsi
  2. Open-source drivers on ATI R7 260X
  3. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  4. List of Linux friendly Kickstarter projects
  5. Linus Torvalds On GCC 4.9: Pure & Utter Crap
  6. Porting Mesa to the Playstation 2
  7. ASRock AM1H-ITX: One Of The Best AM1 Mini-ITX Motherboards
  8. Table test