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