I got one on the cheap and use crouton on it so I have an OS that actually does something. Don't use it enough to bother liberating it entirely. Pretty good to watch a film on in bed or just shitpost the night away, otherwise entirely useless.
I have the Samsung chrome book 2 13.3", it has.. decent hardware support from Linux. The speakers don't work yet so I'm fine with just using these USB headphones I have lying around. But it's a great ARM laptop and I'm really happy with the purchase, it has been fun playing around with it. There are plenty of rough sides but for how I'm using it is a great GNU/Linux machine, though a bit high priced
>>47724155 >>47724618 >>47724746 This is the correct answer. But since most of /g/ doesn't know that you can install Gentoo/Arch/Ubuntu/whatever on Chromebooks, then /g/ is the wrong place to ask about them.
>>47724838 the speakers themselves do work on chromeOS, but the drivers in the kernel I compiled aren't made to work with ALSA properly. I'm too lazy to learn programming and try and fix it myself, but someone should hack it together eventually.
>>47724915 Yep, I'm using archlinuxarm. although I've successfully gotten graphics working with Gentoo, Void, and Ubuntu, archlinuxarm has everything the most convenient as possible for me at the moment. The setup really isn't that hard - flash the kernel to a certain partition, then extract one of their prescribed rootfs tarballs to another certain partition and put some modules for wifi.
Though, if you have it, I suggest you use their prescribed kernel but not their rootfs for chromebook2, their designated rootfs is pretty buggy at the moment, I used the generic one and added the modules and stuff as I needed to. It was a lot less buggy.
the video driver is not the best right now but it is good enough to emulate GBA and SNES games at 60fps fairly consistently but not entirely flawlessly, with hardly any 3d acceleration yet, most traditional window managers are pretty slow, but tiling wms don't have much of a problem. anyways it works way better than I expected, I just wish I could work on improving the support but I don't have nearly enough programming skills as I should.
I like mine. It's lighter & has a longer lasting battery than my 'real' laptop, ChromeOS is fine for Web stuff (which is most of what I use a laptop for when on the go), I have a Ubuntu chroot via crouton for other stuff. It's also a great laptop to give to people if they want to 'just use your computer for a minute' because you can just have them log in via their Google account. I looked at tablet+keyboard solutions but they all looked crap compared to an actual laptop design.
>>47725589 I have a friend who has a c720, it's not bad at all for that price. honestly ARM is nice but it's been a lot of work, and there aren't many returns besides not being intel for the price point. intel definitely beats out ARM in terms of performance per dollar on these chromebooks. I know the old samsung chromebook sells for about 180-190 if you realy want ARM.
My school got them. I cannot emphasize how hard they suck. I have never, ever, ever seen a shittier piece of hardware or software. Hell, even Wangblows (7+1) is better.
To begin, they are fragile. Closing the lid with a pencil on the keyboard will shatter the screen. Then, of all touchpads, this one is incredibly small and unresponsive. The keys are smashed together like dixons at a NASCAR track, incredibly difficult to type.
As to the OS, the login screen shows you with all the other users, without names, making it difficult to find yours to login. Atleast my school let you change your avi, so my Pink Floyd album cover was more distinct than gay-ass millenial selfies. The login windows weren't adjusted for size, so I had half a dozen ting login windows in front of a pinkish background, making it entirely angry. The start menu was located on the right of the taskbar, and included 9 items, plus account and sign out, hinting at the limited features. Chrome was the only application. I opened it, and as my 9 adblocks (?) installed, it lagged incredibly, incredibly slow. I opened Chrome again to Alt-Tab to mlg.tv when the teacher wasn't looking, and oh god the lag.
unspeakable/10 money could have been used to get Photoshop for the rest of the Optiplex 780s or better yet firing the principal
>>47727052 Well say that, holy fuck. I wouldn't have even asked if I assumed you were using something besides ChromeOS but you just confused me because OP's like "Should I get a Chromebook" and doesn't ask if he should do something besides run ChromeOS on it. I thought you were simply answering in that context.
>>47727007 I don't even care that you're a dipshit monkey who doesn't want to learn but still shows up to class.
What pisses me off is that you're a gaymer pleb faggot who probably can't do shit and will still somehow become employed in IT or some other easy mode office job and I'll have to waste my life dealing with your idiocy.
i got my a $300 chromebook for $170 because it was refurbished, sweet deal except the battery doesn't work.
i still use it plugged in to the wall to browse at night
the browser is just one more application running in the tasbar, you can install more applications for instance i have an irc client. i think this should change in the future where there is no abstraction or concept of browser, but the browser tabs being the application tabs themselves
the keyboard layout is different, for instance there's no caps lock or win key or a lot of keys you would find in a traditional keyboard
it lags a bit sometimes, i couldn't even play a heavily populated area in a browser based game i played without it crashing due to graphics problems
its nice to have the botnet, all you need is a google password and you're in, ready to use a lot of services and have your history, passwords, bookmarks etc remembered
the screen quality on mine is not great, i would pay a couple of hundred dollas more to have a slightly faster chromebook with a better screen
I have the first gen flat black ones that were made by Google. It was fun while it lasted but it got kinda slow after time so I put xubuntu on it but then my dad gave me his old chinkpad so I forgot about it
>>47723547 Have that exact model with a 128 gb ssd. Currently loving it, it's not a bad deal. Running antergos, it easily surpasses everything chrome os gives. The build quality is a little shit, and the screen could be better, but meh, it's great for on-the-go surfing and programming, and the battery life (6-9 h depending on usage) is loads better than whatI have gotten on any other inexpensive laptops. I wouldn't buy it new, though. Buy a used one off of ebay/craigslist for 100 dollaroos and add a ssd, boom, you've got a portable laptop with 128 gb ssd for 150-180 $.
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