Another day, another story about someone figuring out how to turn the $249 Samsung Chromebook into a fully functional laptop with a desktop Linux operating system. This time it’s Fedora’s turn in the spotlight.

Samsung Chromebook with Fedora 17

Developer Christopher Hewitt has posted instructions for loading Fedora 17 with the Xfce desktop environment on an SD card so that you can dual boot Chrome OS and Fedora on the laptop.

You can read a step-by-step tutorial at Google+ or Chrome Story.

The basic method is pretty much the same as Google developer Olaf Johansson used to install Ubuntu on the Chromebook.

When the setup is complete, you can reboot from Chrome OS into Fedora by pressing Ctrl+U to boot from the SD card.

The Samsung Chromebook features a 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM Cortex-A15 dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB solid state disk. It’s designed to run Chrome OS, but it’s also designed as a developer-friendly device which probably explains why we’ve already seen so many people figure out how to run other operating systems on the inexpensive laptop.

Make sure to check out our Samsung Chromebook review for more details about this laptop.

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3 replies on “Fedora Linux runs on the $249 Samsung Chromebook too”

  1. yes it really is, so glad google have done this… and im sure soon HW acceleration will come. I think this is the future. I’m holding off for the 3G version at the moment as I would love to have an always connected portable ARM linux computer with the ability to swap sim cards depending on which country im in. Has anyone posted a video of linux running on this yet, I want to see what it runs like.

  2. This is the dream-secondary-computer of all Linux guys.

    It runs super-quiet, super-cool, and only available with different kinds of Linuxes.

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