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Samsung ChromeBook

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:

  1. Get a nice fast 8 GB SD card or USB stick.
  2. Put your Chromebook in developer mode, and enable USB boot.
  3. Download the Kali Samsung ARM Chromebook image from our downloads area.
  4. 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.

$ xzcat kali-linux-$version-chromebook.img.xz | dd of=/dev/sdb bs=4M

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 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 file’s instructions. The script to use is

Updated on: 2021-Feb-07
Author: steev