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[4]: Great Linux machines
by Z_God on Sun 16th Feb 2014 22:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Great Linux machines"
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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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