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post #11 of 28
I use a Chromebook for college but I am an Art History major so all I do is type papers. If that is all you need to do its an absolutely perfect. The Chromebook is one the best electronic purchases I have made in years.

Mine is the atom powered 2nd gen Samsung series 5. I got it for cheap when the fancier 550 came out. The only problem I notice is it sometimes has trouble with gdocs over say 40 pages. But maybe the new one are more capable in that regard.
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Cool thanks for the input, thats all my gf would need it for pretty much. Any idea into the fact about downloading linux programs onto it since it's linux based os?
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Cool thanks for the input, thats all my gf would need it for pretty much. Any idea into the fact about downloading linux programs onto it since it's linux based os?

You can only load chrome apps on it from the chrome web store. They are all free as far as I know but it won't just take another distro's packages. There is probably a way there always is with Linux but that defeats the purpose of a chromebook.
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Yeah true, like i said i maybe would look into as an alternative for just general use like looking @ notes online or typing notes but occasionally i have to do a bit of coding also! I do like the environment tho i spent quite some time looking at one today and i think it would be a good buy for her! Thanks for the input!
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Yea thanks for the input guys it's really much appreciated I think at this point a chromebook would be a good back and forth PC. I might as well get one sooner than later considering I might be able to get some use out of it in my last year of high school considering I'm going to be taking a java class. Linux might be a good option to put on if I can run eclipse with it.
     
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Hey Cheese also if you were to get one there are some apps in the chrome store that are like light versions of text editing programs, like have you ever used notepad++, there are similar ish things like that you can type code in, but then take it back to your desktop to compile and such!
post #17 of 28
Love my CR-48, running Lubuntu on it. The only issue I really had was configuring the media shortcut keys since chromebooks have a unique layout. If I ever replace it, I'm going to replace it with one of the sandy bridge celeron chromebooks they're powerhouses for linux with great battery life. I'd grab one now but $450 seems a bit steep, I don't think they're quite there yet on the price point.
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What is the point of getting a Chromebook and putting regular Linux on it. Aren't there better netbooks out there that you can use for the same price?
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I was considering getting a used CR-48 that had Ubuntu on it. It makes sense to me. But I would definitely weigh options if it came to buying brand new and running linux. As far as interweb connectivity, I have tether ability on my phone so ehh. Most others do as well.
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What is the point of getting a Chromebook and putting regular Linux on it. Aren't there better netbooks out there that you can use for the same price?

After reading your post I was thinking the same. However when I looked around for netbooks in the same price point the value just wasn't there compared to the samsung chromebook. The only thing the netbooks had over the new $250 chromebook was an intel atom processer but everything else was worse spec-wise. I would really only use linux (probably ubuntu) if i needed to seeing as chrome OS seems pretty good for what I would want to do on it.

P.S.- Ubuntu could be run off an SD card so the 16gig SSD shouldn't be an issue.
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