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Thread: Samsung's A15 Chromebook Loaded With Ubuntu Is Crazy Fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepe View Post
    Are you kidding? It's completely open.

    Someone even documented on Google+ right around the time that systems were introduced how to get a regular distro onto a Chromebook by booting from SD cards:

    https://plus.google.com/109993695638...ts/b2fazijJppZ
    I quoted those instructions earlier, and they are insanely complicated. There are two issues here: 1st. It is hard to dual boot on any chromebook device, and in part it has to do with the BIOS and ChromeOS security model. The second one is Samsung's fault: some of the kernel bits are binary blobs, so you'll see in these instructions that you need to manually copy a lot of binaries and hope for the best.

    This is _not_ an open laptop on my book. I should be able to pop any OS on a USB drive and tell the BIOS to load it, and that does not work. Sure, it can be hacked, anything can be hacked/rooted/cracked. It doesn't mean it's "open".

    In fairness to Google, ChromeOS is open source, but the model they follow is not open.

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    Somebody wanted to compare this with E-450, so here it is: http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1...SU-1211219SU40

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pallidus View Post
    the interesting thing here is that given the previous lukewarm reception to chromebooks

    both samsung and google had no idea this arm model would prove so popular

    so they sold out and now have supply difficulties



    also benchmarks don't show you the real picture of how it ACTUALLY runs ubuntu just how well the cpu performs...

    unity without a decent gpu driver most be painful
    I think the first thing after the Ubuntu install will be removing Unity and put on XFCE or Mate.

    Unity would be way to slow for this hw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asoltesz View Post
    I think the first thing after the Ubuntu install will be removing Unity and put on XFCE or Mate.

    Unity would be way to slow for this hw.
    If you wanted Xfce, I think you'd go for Xubuntu instead.

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    That apache result is a bit interesting. Anyone know why it does badly on A15?

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    Using FBDev for it's graphics driver means you'll have a better Linux experience on a Matrox G200 equiped Xenon server from Dell.

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    that's the thing

    like JS said in that thread where I asked people if they were buying it


    as good as the arm cpu perfomance is


    doing anything... ANYTHING like watching a html5 video with the chromebook


    will bring your system to it's knees


    DECENT GPU DRIVERS OR GTFO


    and this is what I don't understand about linux, if chrome OS is linux

    and chrome OS has the driver

    why can't anyone "steal" the driver from chrome os to linux??

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    Chromebook needs following to be usable:
    CPU ARM A57 quad core
    RAM 4 GB
    SSD 60 GB or more
    open source 2D/3D graphics drivers with support for HW video decoding like VDPAU

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabbas View Post
    Somebody wanted to compare this with E-450, so here it is: http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1...SU-1211219SU40
    Will ubuntu 13.04 final version improve exynos5250's performance?

    You may test A15 on Ubuntu12.10.

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    that's asking too much JS

    I believe it would be usable right now (after all it's faster than atom and atom's do run distros well)

    all it would need is either a proprietary driver (google has it) or a oprn source mali gpu driver...


    I sincerely doubt that samsung or google are going to deliver it so that's why I didn't buy one

    but why should they care? they have sold so many you can't even find them anywhere


    is this the future? a googlization of linux

    android and chrome os

    hey it's sorta, based on, kinda of, open source, and you can root it and hack it so it's better than nothing... right?

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