Samsung's $249 Chromebook is a notebook designed to run Google Chrome, but the laptop can run other operating systems as well, including Linux. Google introduced its new Samsung-made Chromebook on Thursday, Oct. 18, and just days after the announcement a Google developer has figured out how to run Ubuntu on the notebook.
The third-generation Chromebook is the first iteration to pack an ARM-based processor, and it's also one of the first machines to ship with a chip based on the new ARM Cortex-A15 design. Because Ubuntu and other Linux-based operating systems already support ARM architecture, getting the Chromebook to run a different OS is not that difficult.
After seeing the developer Olof Johansson got the new Chromebook running on Ubuntu, ARM Andrew Wafaa announced on Oct. 25 that he had ported openSUSE to run on the device. Meanwhile, blogger George McBay posted a guide for accessing some of the underlying features of the Chrome operating system without affecting its behavior.