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WiFi-only tastes of the Chromebook Pixel have only simply started shipping, but if you’re currently itching to set up Linux on among them, you’re in luck. Not just have kernel patches been submitted for the hardware, but Google’s Costs Richardson has now laid out exactly ways to load up the gadgets with Linux Mint. Richardson says that part of the Chrome OS BIOS is read-only, so modifications to it are generally special to new hardware. Pixel, for instance, has actually been tuned to support user-provided custom bootloaders thanks to an unverified BIOS slot. Unfortunately, Mint doesn’t support the notebook’s touchscreen and trackpad due to the fact that it leverages the stock kernel. Daring kinds aiming to boot a Tux-powered OS on a Pixel could strike the surrounding source link for step-by-step instructions.
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All sorts of Android manufacturers have had to answer for the locked bootloaders in their devices, and now we’ve gotten a bit of insight into Verizon’s view of the subject. It seems Big Red has responded to a formal complaint one customer filed with the FCC for the carrier’s policy of allowing handsets with locked bootloaders on its network. Apparently, open bootloaders would allow users to make changes to their phones and use software that “could negatively impact how the phone connects with the network” and “the wireless experience for other customers.” So, there you have it folks, Verizon encourages OEMs to lock down handsets to provide you with a better experience and top-notch customer service. Head on down to the source link to get a gander at the letter, and feel free to sound off on Verizon’s consumer-friendly stance in the comments below.
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Another wave of handsets from HTC are now able to have their bootloaders officially unlocked through the HTCdev website, joining the Desire HD and Wildfire which were added to the list last week. Support has been extended to the Droid Incredible, Desire Z, T-Mobile G2, Aria, ChaCha, and Status, allowing owners to flash custom ROMs without resorting to hacks. These latest additions continue to deliver on HTC CEO Peter Chou’s promise to provide unlocked bootloaders to all of his company’s devices. Even if your handset’s missing from the supported list, the tool might still work — scroll down to the “All supported devices” option to give it a shot.
Like HTC and Sony Ericsson, Motorola had previously committed itself to deliver products with unlockable bootloaders. In fact, the company went so far as to profess that it would make this functionality available across its entire product line by late 2011 — subject to carrier approval, anyway. While the first two companies have made good on their claims, Motorola seems content to be silent on the matter. Certainly the international version of the RAZR can’t equal the sum total of the company’s promise, right? Now that 2011 has come and gone, some of Motorola’s most fervent supporters are growing anxious. In an effort to grab the company’s attention — and see that something gets done — one individual has started Operation: Make Ourselves Heard, which has gathered approximately 1,600 signatures from like-minded individuals, each who seek tangible progress from Motorola. If this issue is important to you, we certainly encourage you to sign the petition.