Here is good news for those who want to play with their new Chromebook or Chromebox. You can hack and make it dual-boot Chrome OS and Ubuntu.
Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD – Chromebox is a powerful machine. Those new Chromebooks from Samsung are also pretty good hardware. Good enough for some tweaking and hacking.
extremetech.com has posted detailed instructions on how to get this done. They call Chrome OS devices “Hacker-friendly out of the box”.
Fortunately, Google and Samsung, who makes the ‘box, seem to have anticipated exactly this response, and left both the Chromebooks and Chromeboxes wide open to hacking. Not only can the devices be converted to dual-boot Chrome OS and Linux — nullifying the locked-down Chrome OS security model in the process of course — but it’s also easy to return them back to their locked-up factory defaults. What a dream setup! If only phones were this hacker friendly the word “brick” could pretty much disappear from the vocabulary on XDA.