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[liberationtech] Chromebooks for Risky Situations?

Andreas Bader noergelpizza at
Wed Feb 6 08:23:07 PST 2013

>> We started with the notion of Linux, and we were attracted to
>> Chromebooks for a bunch of reasons.  Going back to Linux loses all the
>> things we were attracted to.
>> - ChromeOS's attack surface is infinitely smaller than with Linux
>> - The architecture of ChromeOS is different from Linux - process
>> separation through SOP, as opposed to no process separation at all
>> - ChromeOS was *designed* to have you logout, and hand the device over
>> to someone else to login, and get no access to your stuff.  Extreme
>> Hardware attacks aside, it works pretty well.
>> - ChromeOS's update mechanism is automatic, transparent, and basically
>> foolproof.  Having bricked Ubuntu and Gentoo systems, the same is not
>> true of Linux.
>> - Verified Boot, automatic FDE, tamper-resistant hardware
I think SL, Debian, Suse or CentOS are not less secure than ChromeOS.
And if there is a secure problem then you have enough control to fix the

I have never bricked my LUKS encrypted Debian System. Running on an old
Lenovo X61s.

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