Installing an OS

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Be sure to check the supported devices page to see what you can run.

Windows

Pros:

  • Works on most platforms with minimal tweaking¹
  • Generally has better application support
  • Better game support

Cons:

  • Audio driver is paid (10 USD) for Skylake (6th generation) and newer devices
  • USB4/Thunderbolt driver is paid (20 USD) for TigerLake (11th generation Intel processors) and newer generations on devices that require them
  • Requires the user to install many drivers
  • AVS and SOF users may experience instability at times

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¹Some devices such as CELES need workarounds. Refer to the known issues page to check whether you need patches.


Linux

Pros:

  • Free audio support
  • Lightweight and optimal for Chrultrabooks with low storage / slow CPUs
  • Most hardware (biggest exception is audio) will work out of the box

Cons:

  • Potentially difficult for a new user (depending on the distro of choice)

  • Requires some work on the end user (running audio script, configuring keyboard mapping)

  • AVS and SOF users experience instability at times

    WARNING

    Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distributions may have issues and are not supported.


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macOS

Pros:

  • OS experience is near identical to a Mac

Cons:

  • Battery life is subpar
  • Hardware based DRM (e.g AppleTV.app) is broken
  • No audio, mic, or 3.5mm support¹
  • Doesn't support all devices.
  • Often takes up to a week or longer to set up.
  • Limited support

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Any Chromebook with an ARM, Celeron or Pentium CPU is not supported. AMD Ryzen might have support in the future.

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