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Old 03-20-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
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Samsung Chromebook/Chrubuntu Questions


After much fiddling with various laptop proposals and being tired of hauling my T61 around I finally pulled the trigger on the $249 samsung chromebook. There appears to be little issue converting it to a linux netbook equivalent (with a nice keyboard I might add). I was torn between the samsung 3 and acer c7 (the infamous $199 chromebook), but the embarrassingly short battery life on the acer was simply not going to do for my purposes.

Before I begin the dev mode antics however, I figured that I should ask a question or two:

1. Is Chrubuntu still the most ideally suited distro for the job? It seems many distros are working on the chromebook platform, but googling has yielded mixed reviews.

2. Can I squeeze both linux and chrome onto the tiny SSD, or will I need to use an SD card for my install (rather than just storage)? Again, mixed results on google. Some guides claim linux belongs entirely on the SD card. Others place just one partition there... etc.

Also, tips or advice in-general from those with chromebook linux experience would be appreciated.

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Old 03-21-2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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I have had a Samsung Chromebook in the recent past. While it's a decent netbook in its own right, it'a pita to use it as a standard Linux device. I eventualy returned it.
 
Old 03-24-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
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Turns out the chromebook isn't half bad by itself, IMHO. Granted, it's not a laptop, but given the weight, battery life, and excellent keyboard quality that one wouldn't find on a laptop in the $250 price range, I think it has a place.
 
Old 03-24-2013, 02:14 PM   #4
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I don't doubt it's a decent device in its own right but installing a proper distro is a bit of a pain. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:58 PM   #5
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Yep, definitely still in the experimental stages so far as functional linux distros are concerned. I more or less gave up on that front for the time being.
 
Old 03-26-2013, 03:03 PM   #6
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If you want to get much utility out of a Linux install, you really should swap for one of the Acer models with an Intel processor and larger HDD. The ARM Linux projects are coming along, but they are still light-years behind what's been accomplished with Intel already. I have both the Acer and Samsung models and I use the Samsung as a daily driver while the Acer is my little weekend project. I would also suggest checking out the google hangouts associate with chromebook linux projects. They're a great place to troubleshoot, get ideas, and enjoy the company of like-minded geeks.
 
  


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