Chromebook update

Some time passed since last Chromebook post so I want to give small update on Ubuntu status.

Dylan Reid from Chromium team fixed ALSA driver so frying speakers is now past. This change will go into next stable Chromium update probably. I got it merged into Ubuntu kernel and released as “3.4.0-4″ version in PPA.

In meantime Vladimir Smirnov took a look at “release-R25″ branch of kernel and got it booted. He shared configuration so I went with it, synced with Ubuntu one and got it running on my Chromebook. So expect new kernel release after FOSDEM.

There are Mali OpenGLES drivers available for download. I was unable to use them with R23 kernel (current Ubuntu one) but they do work with R25 branch so another thing to take care. This time I have to make new packaging as I need to add click thought license support. After that we can drop Chromium OS from our devices ;)

VBoot utilities are also in PPA. So signing of kernels and manipulating partition tables do not need files from Chromium anymore.

But there is one thing. Or rather lack of it… I do not have time to check do my packages work under older versions of Ubuntu (12.04, 12.10). Due to that I will not release any new updates for them — will support only ‘raring’ (13.04). Everything will be available in PPA so anyone can test.

4 thoughts on “Chromebook update

  1. Bill Hedworth

    Thanks for your work Marcin, nice to know things aren’t going stale on this project as I use it daily on my arm chromebook.

    Can I ask how raring works for you? I have tried a couple of times to upgrade from 12.04 which always goes ok this includes adding the packages from your PPA.

    However unity is always as slow as hell on any version > 12.04, I guess its because theres no unity2d and its processing all the 3d on the cpu, not gpu. Will the new kernel+drivers fix this?

    Thanks again.

    1. Marcin Juszkiewicz Post author

      I do not use Unity and do not care about it. OpenGL ES drivers for Chromebook are not perfect as well.

      During next week there will be kernel update and newer drivers.

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