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Factory firmware on many Chromebooks and Chromeboxes can run Linux out of the box.

Custom firmware is also available, which can fix factory firmware bugs and/or add the ability to boot Linux to those models that otherwise cannot.

Check Hardware Compatibility and the appropriate Support page to determine the status of your model.

There are several custom firmware options available, depending on your Chromebook/box model class, and the features you require:

Link ARM Pineview Sandy/Ivy Bridge Haswell Broadwell Bay Trail Braswell notes
CoolStar No No No Yes Yes No No • Fixes factory firmware bugs
• Boots Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows!
• Install Guide: Haswell, Broadwell
Firmware build scripts No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No • Fixes factory firmware bugs
• General purpose firmware for Linux
• Single script works for all supported models
• Firmware build scripts not published?
MattDevo No No No Yes Yes No No • Fixes factory firmware bugs
• Developed for Kodi Media Center on Chromeboxes, but firmware works on all devices
Firmware build scripts

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