Converting a Chromebook into a Linux laptop
Bought a Acer Chromebook CB3-131-CR5A with 11.6" ISP monitor during the Christmas and Boxing day sales and very satisfied with the display quality, audio output and light weight except it only runs ChromeOS. But this is not a surprise as it is called a Chromebook.
After some googling and with the help of a RFDer darethehair in the now expired thread of the sale of this Chromebook, I have managed turn it into a light weight Linux laptop.
I think my experience of installing Linux on this Chromebook may be of interest to some RFDers. Here are some useful links for your information.
1. Here is a picture to show which write-protection screw to remove on the motherboard of the Acer CB3-131 to allow flashing of firmware.
2. Here is a video showing how to dissemble a Acer CB3-131 - watch only the very first portion of the video to open up the back case and you will find the screw as shown in picture of the URL above.
3. Here is a comprehensive firmware flashing script for many Chromebooks including the CB3-131.
I have used only two items in the menu of the script - Item (1) Install RW_LEGACY firmware and Item (4) Set Boot Options
4. Here is a Linux distro called GalliumOS which is based on Xubuntu (a variant of the popular Ubuntu) and specially tailored to suit the Chromebook hardware.
https://wiki.galliumos.org/Welcome_to_t ... iumOS_Wiki
Please discuss and share your experience of turning a Chromebook into a Linux laptop.
Note 1: Some Chromebooks including the Acer CB3-131-CR5A has crippled firmware that cannot be booted from a USB drive or SD card. This makes a barrier to install Linux. Furthermore, some Chromebooks have a write-protection screw or jumper on the motherboard to prevent flashing of firmware. This is a second barrier to install Linux. Thus I need to open up the Chromebook to remove the write-protection screw and the flash firmware to facilitate booting it up from a USB drive to run Linux Live and to install Linux subsequently.
Note 2: Some may like to run Linux under ChromeOS using Crouton. I have not chosen this option as I consider 16GB storage of Acer CB3-131-CR5A is a bit tight to have two OS co-existing. Nonetheless, here is one tutorial of using Crouton to install Ubuntu on a Chromebook.
https://www.linux.com/learn/how-easily- ... ok-crouton