This was the Chrombook of my mother. An ASUS CB5-311 with an ARM CPU. This thing is pretty fast and can be used for 12 hours straight on one charge. But Google decided to EOL it and not release updates anymore.
I'd like to not throw it away. What options are left? Chromium OS builds seem to be tricky, because of the ARM CPU. Is there a way to install a "normal" Linux? I mean a proper installation not chrooted with crouton.

@brejoc GalliumOS is pretty good for Chromebooks. Not sure your model is supported
It's generally the way to go if you want normal Linux on a Chrome-device

@brejoc I wonder if Manjaro ARM, Raspian, or Fedora ARM would work since they are made for ARM architecture?

@brejoc try knoppix. It will run perfect thru DVD/Usb. Install it as per preference.

@samkupar Are you sure about this? This is not exactly a normal PC.

@brejoc knoppix is a free download. Very fast hardware identification and booting. As I remember it had German /English options. Had it as my first choice for any old PC/laptop. Hope it works for your machine too.

@brejoc you can install Linux ‘inside’ chrome os - not great for EOL. Or install a dual boot Linux, Ubuntu works but Gallium is tuned for chromebooks There are a lot of steps, this is good overview: Use chrome browser on Mac/win to download usb chromeos recovery, there is a browser xtension for it

@brejoc only problem I had was I dual boot and gallium updated the boot loader and default option set wrong partition. Part name wasn’t clear so maybe take notes when installing.

@FiXato @brejoc ah too bad. But the steps in the other link should work. Generally speaking look for a Lts version of a distro version released around the time the chromebook was produced.


Most Chromebooks should be able to install some kind of Linux, even if it isn't a distro "optimized" for Chromebook.

I blew away chromiumOS on my CB3-131 and installed straight up alpine linux on it. Onboard audio didn't work (USB DAC works fine), but to my most other things (graphics, WiFi, etc.) did work. It definitely varies from model to model, but you could get lucky.

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