Jessiebook to Stretchbook

Last modified on 2017-06-19

With the release of Debian 9 “Stretch” my chromebook has transitioned from a Jessiebook to a Stretchbook!

I posted a screenshot tour installing the Debian stable release. I use Debian’s minimal network install image to create a console-only base configuration that can be customized for various tasks and alternate desktops.

Earlier steps taken to setup the Jessiebook still apply with two exceptions. First, xbacklight is acting up …

xbacklight -dec 10
    No outputs have backlight property

I can write to the file directly to increase/decrease the brightness of the display …

cat /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/max_brightness 
sudo sh -c 'echo 500 > /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness'
sudo sh -c 'echo 937 > /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness'

… or use xrandr

xrandr --output eDP-1 --brightness 0.5

This is a known issue.

[ Fix! ] Roll-back from xserver-xorg-core to xserver-xorg-video-intel. Create /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-video-intel.conf containing …

Section "Device"
    Identifier "Intel"
    Driver "intel"

Second, the issues with the ath9k driver appear resolved and I leave the wireless alone. No further config tweaks required.

Happy hacking!