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Hack the Acer Chromebook 13

The Acer Chromebook 13 (Acer CB5) is the first laptop powered by the Nvidia Tegra K1. Because of the OpenGL support, the device is quite promising for full linux compatibility.

 

There is already an Ubuntu port for the Jetson dev board using Tegra K1 so we can reasonably expect some linux distro to show up for the Acer CB5. Meanwhile the full replacement of ChromeOS with linux on the device, it s already possible to use an alternative OS via crouton chroot.

First impressions:
Compare to my actual computer (Samsung Chromebook ARM) with chrubuntu on it, the chroot ubuntu on the Acer CB5 seems more powerful. File transfer via ssh is much faster, thanks to WiFi ac, apt-get installation doesn't slow down the computer and file compression is more efficient.

Be aware that everything is not alright for running chrooted Ubuntu on the Acer Chromebook 13:

- The display refresh when swapping from firefox to terminal using "Alt + Tab" is slow

- Scrolling up/down with 3 button mouse sometimes stops working

- SD card detection does not work all the time

- Playing video and music on local is not working well on the chroot even if youtube low resolution can work

 

The main problem for me is to use chromeOS for what is not working in the chroot. Well, I m looking forward to get a working linux distro on this device to completely replace chromeOS.

For now, it's about using linux chroot on the device.