The Samsung ARM Chromebook is an ultraportable laptop. It was quite a challenge, but we have a Kali image that runs great on the Chromebook. Boasting an Exynos 5250 1.7GHz dual core processor and 2 GB of RAM, the Chromebook is a fast ARM laptop. Kali linux fits on an external SD card on this machine which leaves the internal disk untouched.
Kali on Chromebook – User Instructions
If all you want to do is install Kali on your Samsung ARM Chromebook, follow these instructions:
- Get a nice fast 8 GB SD card or USB stick.
- Put your Chromebook in developer mode, and enable USB boot.
- Download the Kali Samsung ARM Chromebook image from our downloads area.
- Use the dd utility to image this file to your SD /USB device. In our example, we use a USB stick which is located at /dev/sdb. Change this as needed.
Alert! This process will wipe out your SD card. If you choose the wrong storage device, you may wipe out your computers hard disk.
dd if=kali-chromebook.img of=/dev/sdb bs=512k
This process can take awhile depending on your USB storage device speed and image size.
Once the dd operation is complete, boot up the Chromebook with the SD / USB plugged in (NOT IN THE BLUE USB PORT!). At the developer boot prompt, hit CTRL+U, which should boot you into Kali Linux. Log in to Kali (root / toor) and startx. That’s it, you’re done!
Kali on Samsung Chromebook – Developer Instructions
If you are a developer and want to tinker with the Kali Samsung Chromebook image, including changing the kernel configuration and generally being adventurous, check out the kali-arm-build-scripts repository on github, and follow the README.md file’s instructions. The script to use is chromebook-arm-samsung.sh