It’s no secret that you can run Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, or other Linux-based software on the new $249 Samsung Chromebook. But now one of the first operating systems designed specifically for the ARM-based laptop is available… or at least an early build is available.
ARM ChrUbuntu 12.04 is a port of Ubuntu 12.04 designed to run on the Samsung Chromebook.
The operating system comes from the same developer who ported Ubuntu to run on Intel-powered Chromebooks earlier this year.
At this point the ARM version is still in the early stages. Audio doesn’t work. The touchpad can be difficult to use. There’s no hardware-accelerated graphics yet. And since there’s no Chrome browser for Linux-on-ARM yet, you’ll need to install Chromium instead.