FreeBSD on Acer C7 Chromebook?

trrevv at trrevv at
Thu Feb 7 10:49:15 UTC 2013

Yes.  I plan to try to get FreeBSD booting on a Chromebox (not the same but 
close enough- both use the 2nd generation core boot firmware described 

Don't hold your breath.

It's not clear this can be done without some programming.  The boot codes 
for Chrome OS devices aren't so much "non standard BIOS" as completely 
their own thing.  Nothing wrong with that, but it makes booting anything 
other than your own linux kernel very difficult.  

If anyone beats me to it, PLEASE, post to the Chrome OS mailing list with 
how you do it!  Or somehow make it known....


On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 6:45:13 AM UTC-8, Arthur Chance wrote:
> [I'm not sure whether this would be better on -hackers@ or -hardware@ 
> but -questions@ seems like a good place to start.] 
> Is anyone considering getting FBSD to run on the Acer C7 Chromebook? The 
> pros are that it's a cheap, small and relatively lightweight 64 bit 
> Intel portable using integrated Intel graphics. The cons are that it's a 
> Chromebook, so has a completely non-standard BIOS and boot sequence. 
> However, Ubuntu has been hacked to boot on it (Google for "ChrUbuntu") 
> so it's not totally locked down. 
> This would make a very useful little system, but the programming needed 
> is beyond my skill set I'm afraid. 
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