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Chromebooks


CaptivePhotons 11 1.6k 2 England
27 Mar 2013 7:53PM
I've been contemplating getting a Chromebook for those times when I'm away from home or for just when I don't want to sit at a PC.

Does anybody have one, if so what are your thoughts on it? Glorified tablet? Handicapped laptop? Good, bad or indifferent?

It would also be useful for work as we have migrated over to using Gmail and will soon be using google docs.

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StuartAt e2
9 1.0k 6 England
27 Mar 2013 8:01PM
I looked at converting an old laptop into a Chromebook by installing the Chromium OS. Chromium didn't get very good write ups; most people questioned the logic of having an operating system without local storage. After a bit of reading I decided to try installing a flavour of Ubuntu, which sounded like it did everything I needed (lightweight, support for wireless browsing etc). Fortunately you can try this approach by booting into Ubuntu from a USB stick. Not sure I'm wed to the Ubuntu approach, but given how easy it is to try different flavours of it using the USB method, I'm going to keep looking. Tongue
27 Mar 2013 8:02PM
Go test one out, like tablets and laptops they all have their place, what works for one person may not work for the other.
CaptivePhotons 11 1.6k 2 England
27 Mar 2013 8:07PM

Quote:Go test one out, like tablets and laptops they all have their place, what works for one person may not work for the other.


It's ok playing with one in a shop for ten to fifteen minutes but I would like to know if anybody has any real world experience, for example they might have thought it was great in the shop, only to get home and find it a bit limiting or it conversely it surpassed their expectations.

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