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  • Lenovo N21 Chromebook Now Has Mainline Coreboot Support

    Phoronix: Lenovo N21 Chromebook Now Has Mainline Coreboot Support

    The Lenovo N21 Chromebook is now supported by mainline Coreboot. But then again that's not a huge surprise considering Google's focus on Chromebook/Chromebox support in Coreboot...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...oot-Chromebook

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    does coreboot support automatically means that I can run Linux on that Chromebook? some Chromebooks are not Linux (other than Gentoo based Chrome OS) friendly from what I learned

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      Originally posted by horizonbrave View Post
      does coreboot support automatically means that I can run Linux on that Chromebook? some Chromebooks are not Linux (other than Gentoo based Chrome OS) friendly from what I learned
      In many cases you need to find out something else to unlock them and flash coreboot or just change the current boot firmware's settings (still a coreboot I think).
      Quite a few have a hardware writing protection switch that you must disable by opening the whole damn thing and removing a screw making a contact.

      But apart from that, most seem to be supported in normal Linux distros, but you may need to work a bit to get everything working. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...ces/Chromebook

      Afaik there are ubuntu derivatives customized to fully support chromebooks out of the box, but I never tried. https://galliumos.org/

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        Originally posted by horizonbrave View Post
        does coreboot support automatically means that I can run Linux on that Chromebook? some Chromebooks are not Linux (other than Gentoo based Chrome OS) friendly from what I learned
        Well according the Arch Linux wiki:

        The availability of SeaBIOS does not promise device compatibility for Linux or that the pre-installed SeaBIOS works properly. Before purchasing a device visit its page on the ArchWiki and look for Linux users' posts about that model.

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