Chromebooks appear to be selling very well, and I must admit that for people who only want to surf the net and use E-mail it’s hard to beat a $200 Chromebook running its native OS. Of course some people want more.
I may be wrong, but seems to me that replacing ChromeOS with another OS will probably void your warranty, anyway. So, why not go all the way and follow the instructions in your link. Like I said, I may be wrong about this.
I just finished creating a bootable USB stick with your suggested Tumbleweed (openSUSE-Tumbleweed-DVD-x86_64-Snapshot20150225-Media.iso) on it and installed it on my Acer C-720. The installation was incredibly fast and booted successfully, but I have no mouse or touchpad cursor. I did read that there were patches available to correct this and will work on it.
After I updated the installation my cursors came back and I am currently installing software. Thank you VERY much for the advice. I can now connect it to my LAN which the Ubuntu/Crouton method could not do as it was booting the ChromeOS kernel which does not support NFS. Possibly to promote their cloud services. I think this is important news for new Chromebook owners and I think you should broadcast this solution as loudly as possible.
I have been kind of talking about it, but I still have a suspend resume problem I can not quite figure out with my Acer.
1: It will not suspend when I close my lid unless the power cable is plugged in.
2: When it is plugged in and does go to suspend when plugged in I can not get it to resume or wake up.
I’ve tried a lot of different things that I’ve come across, but end up with the same result. I don’t know if it is a gnome, systemd, bios, or sensor issue. I think I’m going to have to look in just regular posts about suspend/resume to solve this instead of chromebook specific posts about it.
When I figure it out I will post up clearly on how it works great on my little i3 Chromebook and how to fix that little quirk.
Well I did figure it out. Do get it to work correctly you NEED to do the John Lewis flash. All I did was remove the #7 write protect screw for my C720 like last time and ran the script. After that was done, I powered down, put the screw back in, and booted up.
On bootup the date was way way off. I wiped everything and started from a fresh install of Tumbleweed.
I followed every step of this unreviewed How To starting with the install from a USB live or Install stick.