Tom totally slayed the beast!  The chair is vanquished and Tom can finally go get lunch.  We also mapped out the BIOD chip of the Chromebooks to the back of the board, so we can make a pogo pin thing (see pic)

On Fri, May 19, 2023, 10:13 AM Peter Mui via sudo-discuss <> wrote:
Hi Tom and cc: Sudoers:

Thanks for for organizing this. I'm still hoping that FUSD will unlock the Chromebooks so check occasionally as you process them to make sure they're still locked.

Also see:
USPIRG’s petition to extend the life of Chromebooks:
For more background see “Chromebook Churn”:
And Fixit Clinic's efforts to keep already AUEed Chrombooks in service as general purpose computing devices:

Maybe we can launch a broader "Keep 'Dem Chromebooks" public good program at Sudoroom and get a bunch of Linux-enhanced Chromebooks in circulation in the community to improve digital literacy, digital equity, and digital inclusion?

Cheers, -Peter

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tom r lopes <>: May 18 09:24PM -0700

This Sunday 21 May 2023 from 11am to about 2pm at SudoRoom in Oakland.
SudoRoom is on Shattuck Ave between 51st and Telegraph
4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA 94609
The entrance is on the corner of Shattuck and 48th
The project this time is converting chromebooks to Linux.
Peter Mui of Fixit Clinic was given a stack of EOL chromebooks from the
Fremont school district. Unfortunately they neglected to unlock them
But I have found that the bios can be reflashed so you can boot a Linux
installer bypassing the Google check.
I had a thought of using a Pi to do the flash as PI gpio can do SPI. But
most of the
chromebooks have 1.8V bios chips while the PI has 3.3V gpio.
I probably have level shifters but I have recently dumped stuff unorganized
storage. So I will likely not find them in time.
For now I am using a USB programmer with an 1.8V adapter.
Yes I will also try to be online at This will be a conference room mic and speaker
in a
shared space so maybe some background noise.
P.S. You may be interested: SudoRoom has a hardware hack night every
Tuesday from 7pm
Also It's a Fixit Clinic.
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