“there are still some things a Chromebook can’t do as well as a traditional fat-client style desktop. For me, it’s graphics. I don’t do much graphics work, but I do some and when I do my program of choice is the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). While ChromeOS is based on Linux, it doesn’t natively support sophisticated Linux programs such as GIMP, LibreOffice, or the Evolution mail client.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to add desktop Linux to a Chromebook to give you the best of both worlds: traditional Linux and Chrome OS.”HA! SJVN points out some things that other OS can’t do on a Chromebook, like run at all, run GNU/Linux OS of your choice and run FLOSS applications. That other OS would have some rule against that, like UEFI keys or the EULA, or some incompatibility… but because GNU/Linux underlies Chrome OS and GNU/Linux is mostly GPL and other FLOSS, there’s nothing preventing the user from getting the maximum benefit from the hardware they own.
Now, there really is a way to buy a notebook PC just about everywhere without the “tax” M$ imposes. Just buy a Chromebook.
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- 2015 - Year of the GNU/Linux Desktop
- market share
- renewable energy
- small cheap computers
- smart phone
- Solo EV
- that other OS
- thin client
- thin clients
My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.