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Lightweight distro for a Chromebook

2022-08-26 by: Dan Lyke
From: Dan Lyke 
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A friend of mine gave me an Acer Chromebook with a reflashed BIOS of some
sort and Gallium on it. Gallium, of course, is several years out of date,
and I wanted to run something that needs Qt6, and in the process of
upgrading it to Ubuntu I hosed the boot.

Not sure what's going on, I get the Ubuntu splash, and then I get into a
pattern of weirdly flickering screens, like something's setting video
refresh rates to the wrong things, 'cause the patterns are definitely oddly
transient, shifting, and not necessarily connected to anything useful.

Anyway, I booted off of Ubuntu, installed, got same thing, and after a few
more attempts realized that it was probably something in the boot loader
process, and that I didn't really want the overhead of Snap packages on a
Celeron with 4G of RAM.

So I made an Arch USB stick, and... well...

I suspect Arch is probably something I would be totally happy with if I
could figure out how to get the boot process set up for this device. One of
the problems, of course, is that all useful information these days seems to
be buried somewhere in the midst of 20 minute YouTube videos.

But I'm also thinking I should just go back to Debian, because it uses
Debian packages, and doesn't have the Snap goofiness.

Anyway, if anyone's got either:
1. Good step-by-step instructions for getting an Arch bootloader installed
on an EFI system.
2. A suggestion for an easier to use distro that handles boot loading well,
and can give me Qt6
3. A way to figure out WTF is likely wrong with the boot process on this
Ubuntu install

I'd be grateful.

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