Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 15th Feb 2014 22:02 UTC
Google When my 3+ year old DELL laptop died a few weeks back, I decided to give Chromebooks a try. So the Acer C720, at just $199, became my new laptop. This is my experience with it so far.

The Acer C720 is similar in specs to other Chromebooks currently on the market. It's a Haswell architecture with a dual core Celeron, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB flash, HDMI-out, 3 USB, webcam, Bluetooth, and a 1366x768 px screen. It's 0.8" tall, and weighs just 2.76 lbs. Its battery life is rated for 8.5 hours but in real world usage rated at about 7 hours. You can view its specs in detail here.

The laptop feels very light, sturdy and of a good build quality. Its keyboard is easy to get accustomed to, and I had no trouble at all, coming from a radically different keyboard design on the DELL. The ChromeOS function keys are really handy too, e.g. to change brightness, volume etc. The touchpad has the right size, position and responsiveness too.

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RE[2]: Great Linux machines
by Z_God on Sun 16th Feb 2014 14:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Great Linux machines"
Z_God
Member since:
2006-06-11

What disk size would you consider minimal for Ubuntu?

I would say 16 GB should be ok for an average GNU/Linux distro which tend to take up about 2-5 GB after installation.

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RE[3]: Great Linux machines
by Eugenia on Sun 16th Feb 2014 20:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Great Linux machines"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

This would mean that ChromeOS would have to go away, and I don't want that. Ubuntu is not very well supported on these machines (it's entirely done by third party enthusiasts), so it makes no sense to nuke ChromeOS completely on these specific machines. Also, for the C720 specific model, the RAM is not upgradeable.

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RE[4]: Great Linux machines
by Z_God on Sun 16th Feb 2014 22:53 in reply to "RE[3]: Great Linux machines"
Z_God Member since:
2006-06-11

I see. I imagined you would get a similar feature set if you would install Chromium (or Chrome) on Ubuntu.

I don't think it's only third party enthusiasts who enable support though. It seems Google engineers themselves are also spending time on getting all the required code upstream (and even in coreboot).
This would seem to make Chromebooks very suitable for running Ubuntu (and other distros), but maybe it would be better to wait for the next LTS for complete support.

I was mainly considering Chromebooks, because I expected their compatibility with other OSs (apart from closed source ones) to be high. It would be interesting to see how this will work out in the future. I'm a bit surprised now that Ubuntu support is behind now.

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RE[4]: Great Linux machines
by yllk on Tue 18th Feb 2014 19:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Great Linux machines"
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2014-02-18

With Crouton, there is no need to wipe ChromeOS. Another advantage is you can switch between ChromeOS and Ubuntu within seconds. And you can remove "unnecessary" applications in the Ubutun distro to get more space as well.

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