THIS TUTORIAL HAS REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS LISTED BELOW
Chromebooks are probably the most open laptops being shipped in the last 3 decades. Some of them even feature a new, open source, 32-bit embedded controller, replacing the proprietary 8-bit Ec of years past. They all feature GPL’ed firmware (coreboot) and a fully open secure boot implementation called V-boot. They are quite secure, but at the same time, quite open to hacking at the flip of a switch or push of a key sequence on power on.
In this tutorial, we’ll go into the architecture of Chromebooks, from the CPU pins on up, and teach you how to hack your Chromebook. You’ll need a Chromebook (they can be had for $200 or so) and a screwdriver. We’ll have crashcart hardware in case you brick your book so we can recover it. At the end of this tutorial you’ll have a state of the art but totally open laptop.
TUTORIAL REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATTENDEES
* Knowledge of how to install a distro/how to compile programs/how to build a kernel and install it helpful
* Chromebook with crouton or other chroot and development environment installed ahead of time
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Worked at SUSE for several years. Invented OpenBIOS, then worked on coreboot both before moving to Google and at Google. Many seminal inventions involving coreboot. More later as Stefan fills this out.
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