How to Install openSUSE Tumbleweed on Acer Chromebook 15

Since the dawn of time…well, since the dawn of Chromebooks, we’ve wanted to take these notebooks and make computers out of them. Utilizing their speedy startup/shutdown times, their fast onboard storage and incredible battery life, our goal here is to successfully install a favorite Linux distro (in this case openSUSE Tumbleweed). Ah, the power! I should also point out that you can use this method to install other distros but not all are guaranteed to work.

Contrary to what you might think, Chromebooks are actually a pretty diverse lot and not all are created equal. For this particular project, I’m working with my Acer Chromebook 15 C910. Also, since this particular system has a removable SSD of a paltry 16 GB, I’ve replaced mine with a 128 GB model from Adata and followed the usual precaution of backing up Chrome OS to a flash drive. I recommend at least a 4GB flash drive, larger if you want to backup any data you may have stored locally on the machine. (Read the rest)