Saturday, August 31, 2013

Slackware on the acer C7 chromebook

Yes people... that  post title is correct.

I managed to get slackware installed on my C7 chromebook... so, I'm writing this post to brag about that. (go figure!)


My new geek friend Barry S. Schultz posted The Method; which was based on a chromeOS developer Olof Johansson post on google chrome.

Requirements:
  1. The Chromebook in "Developer Mode."
  2. Same Chromebook with USB Boot enabled.
  3. USB bootable media (thumb drive).  I used a  kingston data traveler 2.0.1 with 16 gb of space. 
  4. A secondary computer, preferably running slackware.
Full vanilla install of slackware 14 will fit there with some room for more stuff; but a minimal install will fit on 1GB I guess...

anyways,

Hands down.

Barry emulate/copy the partition scheme of the C7 hard drive...
Following Barry's post and Olof, I understood that the chromebook won't boot from any media but a chromeOS kernel thumbdrive because it's hardwired to the BIOS.. .that seems uefi AFAIK... so you must create a GPT  chromeOS bootable usb key as follows:


On your slack box or your chromebook:

# parted /dev/sdXX
(parted) mktable gpt
(parted) quit

As a side note, the C7 will mount the first usb drive as /dev/sdb.

Friday, August 23, 2013

chromebook acer C7

Time to post.

As I was spending money on ebay... i saw the acer C7 chromebook at 129.99 manufacturer refurbished...
and i couldn't resist. It arrived and I'm posting this using the chromebook.

ChromeOS is not bad at all... once you adapt to it.

The only downside I have with this thing... is that since it's a refurbished unit, i didn't got the 100GB on google drive. :(


UPDATE:  august 24, 2013
Ok
I have to say that, the whole concept is not bad at all. Every single aspect of normal everyday computing is covered in one way or another... however, things that I'm missing so far:


  1. bash... go figure.
  2. skype.
  3. ... can't think of anything else.

UPDATE: august 27, 2013 
After booting the system on developer mode i got a real bash... running on the browser of course. Anyways, there are ways to install ubuntu on this thing... .which goes against my slackware user guts.
I have a bunch of things to read in order to install slackware on this machine. Aparently I´m the first one attempting to do this.

I´ll keep you posted.