Anyone here use a Chromebook?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by wcarter4, Feb 15, 2013.


  1. duncan

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    I saw the Acer and Samsung Chromebooks at Best Buy two months ago. Really impressed. As you should be using the cloud, do these at least have a few USB ports? If so, you could alway add a nice 500G mini-USB drive for $60-80 for all the traditional storage needs.

    Could you then watch downloaded movies on it?

    Run iTunes or Netflix on it?

    Trying to get my wife into one as she is a real basic Internet user.

    Would love to hear from users?

    I'm quite happy with my old ASUS Eee netbook on 2G ram and 10" screen.
     

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  2. Not true. I have a Samsung chromebook and it has a 16 gb SSD drive with a swap partition. Linux like Unix really needs a swap partition for best perfromance. That being said, you should never be using swap. It's not a temp space it's there to truck the OS into thinking there is more ram than there really is. OK, this is an over simplification but....

    The OS and all the apps takes up less than 6 gigs of the drive and how much extra room do you really need?
    You don't have any games and text and images are not really all that big.
    And as someone said, there is the cloud, which I don't use BTW.

    SSD drives for Linux:
    http://apcmag.com/how-to-maximise-ssd-performance-with-linux.htm
     

  3. I converted an old laptop to run the Chrome OS. Kind of cool. You get to browse and run apps much like an android tablet. To me the real question is getting a Chromebook or Asus Transformer.
     
  4. WiskyT

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    Does the Chrome OS use a "normal" browser? Or do you have to do apps for different websites? In other words, there are sights like standard Hulu that you can't use on an Android, but you can using Firefox etc on a "regular" OS.
     
  5. chrome os uses the chrome browser and the google play app store. so you can either browse to hulu or down load the app
     
  6. So far I am very impressed with my new Chromebook. I especially like the on/off switch built into the lid closure. If the book is turned off when you open the lid it is booted and online in 20 seconds. If the book is on and you close the lid it goes to sleep and when you open the lid it is up and running instantly. It is a dream for web surfing, web shopping and email. So far appears to be great for watching movies on Amazon Prime and Crackel. I have only had it for a single day but if I am forced to come up with one complaint it would be the low volume speakers. They just don't seem to be loud enough for my liking but it is possible I haven't figured out how to adjust them correctly yet. The biggest benefit of my Acer Chromebook is its simplicity and ease of use. I took it out of the box, opened the lid, entered in my Google account email and password, entered my wifi password and that was it. Up and running, there are essentially no settings other than the normal Chrome browser settings. So far I am very pleased.


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  7. Thanks for the update. I think I'm pretty much sold.
     
  8. naskdn

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    chromebook is cheap and it can help you get things done faster and easier. some chromebooks models here, have a look, see the specs
     
  9. I'm loving my Acer C7. One of my newly discovered favorites is the touch mouse pad. I had a 10 year old laptop prior so maybe all new laptops come with this better touch pad. 1 finger tap is a left click, 2 finger tap is a right click and a 2 finger hold is left, right, up, down scroll. No more mouse buttons.


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  10. GIockGuy24

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    I've downloaded Chrome OS a couple of times. Both the CD and the flash memory versions. I'm trying to get it to run from an SD flash memory card in my 2008 netbook. No luck so far. I did try the CD but my USB CD drive is a bit funny sometimes. I do want to try it out. It is based on OpenSuse Linux. Some people have gotten it to run on full power laptops but they say it's really not designed for that and may not work. Right now I'm just having trouble getting it in bootable form on the flash memory.
     
  11. Have you tried one of the vanilla chromium builds? I was able to get one of the OS images to run in a virtual environment such as virtualbox or vmware. They have download options on their site: http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/

    To answer the OP question, I also recently purchased the Samsung chromebook. I would consider myself a power user... so I need particular software, performance, etc. For what the Chromebook does, I love it. Fast-booting, great browser, downloadable "apps" which are basically just web HTML5 apps. You can access any of them you'd like to try before you purchase a chromebook by simply getting them through your chrome browser. One thing I was somewhat disappointed in was that you cannot stream Netflix yet. It uses a microsoft silverlight plugin that is currently not compatible with Chrome OS. As others have mentioned, Hulu works great.

    In conclusion. It's not a do-all super computer (of course). It's a greatly priced portable laptop to do what it is advertised to do well. Access the web, web apps, google suite through the cloud easily. For your purpose, I would say do it... press the trigger and love it!
     
  12. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    I got the downloads here.

    https://sites.google.com/site/chromeoslinux/home

    http://getchrome.eu/download.php

    Oh and it isn't based on OpenSuse Linux. Thought I had read that it was at some time.
     

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