Bodhi Linux Alpha for ARM runs on the $249 Samsung Chromebook

Bodhi Linux is a light-weight Linux-based operating system designed to run on a range of different types of hardware. The latest addition to the Bodhi family? Samsung’s $249 Chromebook — the one with a low-power Samsung Exynos 5 ARM Cortex-A15 processor.

Bodhi developer Jeff Hoogland released an early build of Bodhi for the Samsung Chromebook this weekend.

Samsung Chromebook with Bodhi Linux

The install process is pretty straightforward. First you put the Chromebook into developer mode (which will wipe any local data, while keeping the operating system intact), then you just connect to the internet, fire up a terminal, and download and run the Bodhi Installer which walks you through the rest of the process.

In other words, installing Bodhi is a lot like installing Ubuntu using the ARM ChrUbuntu utility.

Once Bodhi is installed, you’ll have a laptop with both Chrome OS and Bhodi Linux. You can switch between them by entering a command in a terminal. To return your device to its factory default state, just exit developer mode and wait for the system to reset itself.

Hoogland says Bodhi runs pretty well on Samsung’s $249 ARM-based laptop… but there’s no support for hardware-accelerated graphics, which could affect some gaming and video tasks.

via Muktware


  • Earl Cameron

    any word on performance, cuz bodhi is fast on my netbook

    • sola

      ChrUbuntu is pretty fast on mine even with Unity, so I suppose it will run well with Bodhi. Everything works pretty fast except for desktop Java programs (with OpenJDK).

  • sola

    Unfortunatelly, this looks like to be only a straight adaptation of the ChrUbuntu Alpha work so it is only a ChromeOS kernel and a Bodhi filesystem (no keyboard customization, no sound…etc).

    • Jeff Hoogland

      Audio works on this alpha image with a minor tweak in your alsa settings.

  • Lilly

    The lack of VPU and GPU source code could be the downfall of ARM. I think the world is ready for low cost ARM notebooks running Linux. Judging by the mess of blob drivers and Android, they NEED to be open to succeed. If Intel can do it, so can ARM.