2012/11/19 Trever <trr...@gmail.com>
I would say false -- all Chrome OS devices have been just as friendly for
hobbyists and tinkerers by allowing for developer mode out of the box, i.e.
no need for any special trickery to "jailbreak" a device and get root
access to it. We're only careful to make sure that have _both_ a
hobbyist-friendly device _and_ a secure-by-default device for the users who
just want a simple and secure Chrome OS system.
> Eg. could just be documentation of stumpy's guts and such isn't up to
> speed yet.
Not quite sure I follow what you mean here, the guts aren't exactly kept
secret. Maybe none of the teardown websites have done articles covering it,
since it's not quite as exotic hardware and a fairly normal x86 system on
the inside (with a few Chrome OS-specific features).
> But I do recall something about all of "the firmware" for the ARM device
> being open source, whereas not so the x86 (including 64 bit) devices.
The only piece of the current x86 firmware that is not open source
(provided as a binary) is the memory initialization code (MRC) that comes
from Intel. The rest of coreboot/u-boot/vboot are all open and public and
can be found on git.chromium.org.
Note that the Atom-based x86 machines shipped with proprietary firmware
that is not open source. Only the Samsung 550 Chromebook and the Chromebox
(and the new $200 Acer) have the fully open coreboot firmware stack.