Anti-X for chrome books arm chipset

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    littleloyal

    Dear Gentlemen and Ladies of Anti-X
    I work at a school that finally read the fine print that our chrome-books have EOL in 7 more months. Ive been given the task to install linux on chrome-books. from what I have learned so far I need a arm based distro. I wondered if anyone has done an Anti-X arm distro? I think it will be leaner and meaner to use on these 2ram 16gb ?hard-drive? Has any one installed Anti-X on a chrome-book?

    If you know I need to look elsewhere please point me in the right direction. I am a teacher who loves linux but only used it on stand-alone PC. Our learning lab uses MX 18.3. I’m learning to network our machines – I’m gonna get there soon!

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    I don’t have any knowledge an experience about chromebooks in particular, but would like to give some general common sense based advice.

    You should find out what are the exact models of hardware which you want an alternative OS for.
    https://www.techjunkie.com/chromebook-check-specs/
    Is it really a machine with an ARM CPU??

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromebook#List_of_Chromebooks

    Then you should run an “informal” search “install Linux OR Debian OR Ubuntu on <myChromebookModel>” with DuckDuckGo.
    DON’T use a random step-by-step guide from an unauthorised source you might find with a search engine! Go with the official documentation of a distro.

    You could ask people from a dedicated ARM distro (like https://archlinuxarm.org/, Manjaro ARM (https://forum.manjaro.org/t/manjaro-arm-19-08-released/99031), https://www.debian.org/ports/arm/ , https://arm.fedoraproject.org/ , https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM ) whether their distro supports your model. And if not what they can recommend.

    You should find out what architectures your chromebooks exactly need: aarch64, arm, armv5tel, armel, armhf.
    Then you could search for distros which offer this architecture the informal way like above or with Distrowatch database: https://distrowatch.com/search.php
    But even if a distro offers packages for your architecture it doesn’t mean the machine will allow the distro to run properly. The distro must offer all the right drivers and the machine must allow to unlock the bootloader.

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    Its not an easy job to put Linux on even an Intel based chromebook, & there are less options for ARM based – I have investigated Gentoo on my RPi3B+, an ARM based micro computer, & it seems to run well – worth taking a look – but it really is a minefield at the moment. I believe Ubuntu did an ARM version, but not sure what it will work on.

    I was pointed to Reddit when I just did my chromebook conversion, not everything works on mine either, so take that into consideration. https://www.reddit.com/r/chromeos/new/

    Of course, just because you will no longer get updates doesn’t mean your chromebooks won’t work, they were conceived to be able to deal with problems, by resetting them, just make sure you back up your personal data.

    Linux (& BSD) since 1999

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