It all started when I found an Asus Chromebox CN60 in an e-waste bin. This small computer follows the Intel NUC form factor. The main difference is that the NUC is not designed specifically for a particular OS, but the Chromebox is intended to run ChromeOS. But we all know that ChromeOS is just Linux underneath so in principle it should be possible to run a standard Linux distro on it.
This project is actually a series of logs recording what I did and the results I got. I'm writing this up so that I can point friends to it instead of telling the story over and over, and also to help anybody trying to get the CN60 working with Linux.