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    Chromebook Hardware Acceleration

    Can someone please explain to me why Hardware Acceleration works on my Asus C425 Chromebook with an Intel Core M3 Processor, and not in other Linux distributions without having to spend hours on farting around with drivers just to get a weak comparison?

    What the heck?
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    Re: Chromebook Hardware Acceleration

    The OS is custom built for the hardware by google. There is a special load of Chrome-OS that only works with your exact hardware. Also, you cannot refuse the update. It gets installed without your approval.

    Chromebooks are much more like buying an Apple laptop with apple OS and apple programs preinstalled.
    They don't worry about 200M different possible combinations of HW and SW that the average Linux needs to work under.

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    Re: Chromebook Hardware Acceleration

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    The OS is custom built for the hardware by google. There is a special load of Chrome-OS that only works with your exact hardware. Also, you cannot refuse the update. It gets installed without your approval.

    Chromebooks are much more like buying an Apple laptop with apple OS and apple programs preinstalled.
    They don't worry about 200M different possible combinations of HW and SW that the average Linux needs to work under.
    Makes perfect sense. But if this module exists, why is it not available for Desktop Linux? Is this proprietary Google Code?
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    Re: Chromebook Hardware Acceleration

    It gets installed without your approval.
    Not really, when one purchases a chromebook, the approval of software installations/upgrades come with the purchase.
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    Re: Chromebook Hardware Acceleration

    Quote Originally Posted by Shibblet View Post
    Makes perfect sense. But if this module exists, why is it not available for Desktop Linux? Is this proprietary Google Code?
    Sometimes yes. Proprietary code.

    Sometimes we all gain access to a new driver. For example, my logitech webcam didn't work on linux for years, then magically, one day it started working. First noticed it working on a new chromebook running chromeOS. I don't know the real story, but suspect that if Google came to Logitech and said they wanted some hardware to be compatible with their new line of laptops and that millions would be sold, then Logitech would create drivers that worked for those laptops (cough ... chromebooks).

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