Google Pixel Runs Linux Mint, With Minimal Tradeoffs


There are many of you who were surprised by yesterday’s announcement of the Chromebook Pixel, a high resolution device with extremely limited capabilities for an enormous pricetag.  In fact, many of you who have a filter or immunity to Google’s shiny new things might recognize that the only stand-out feature of this device is the screen.  Consider that this is the only real draw to the device — for those who pay attention to what they’re buying — it’s a pretty expensive screen.

But that didn’t stop a Chrome OS staff software engineer from booting up Linux Mint on the device.  His Google Plus post didn’t offer much at first, but now the comments section is ripe with information for those who’ve already blindly thrown $1299 at the device.  Apparently the first hurdle in booting Linux Mint on the device was the simple BIOS that Google provides on the device.  Bill Richardson offered the following:

With the Pixel, we’d added an extra (unverified) BIOS slot. It only works in developer mode, and you have to explicitly enable it, but we’ve put a copy of Seabios in the Pixel firmware.

From there, Bill offers step-by-step instructions for how to load a copy of Linux Mint — and presumably whatever else you want — on the device.

So, if you want to have a little fun with the $1299 that’s missing from your wallet, you’d do good to visit Bill Richardson’s post on Google Plus and get this going yourself with your own favorite distribution.

Source | Google Plus


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.