I saw some pixelbooks the other day...
That's the chromebook that google designed in house, with the unreasonable nice display and the overpowered for a chromebook hardware and the all day battery life.
I saw it and I was Enamored. It's a beautiful piece of hardware.
I imagine it's useless, as it's a chromebook and I imagine all chromebooks are useless.
Can someone who has used one chime in and tell me if it is actually useless? Is there a way I can make it useful?
@keithzg I appreciate this extended perspective.
It sounds less painful than it was on my Acer chromebook 8 years ago (although the ctrl-d/ctrl-l is familiar, and I did accidentally wipe the thing the last time I picked it up.
I'm still trying to reason out exactly how I want to use the thing, but I'll figure it out by the time it's here.
@ajroach42 All of the pixelbooks can be put in to developer mode and run Linux, natively, and are as well supported as Linux on a laptop on x86 hardware tends to end up being (I say as I expect a lockup per week from sleep). The just announced framebook chromebook might be a tiny bit better of an overall choice for longer term usage.
And in either case, the chroot tools, so that you don't have to just go native Linux unless you want are a lot more polished these days.
@ajroach42 From what I remember the x86 based ones can basically be regular linux laptops. The Arm ones required the chroot stuff.
@kelbot @ajroach42 Arm chromebooks work well enough running other Linux distributions bare metal, at least after enough of the patches find their way to the mainline kernel. (I'm typing this reply from one, which is seven years old and still going strong.)
However, most people do stick with the depthcharge bootloader which requires manually packing kernel images when using most distributions. Installation is also a fairly manual process.
I've crammed galliumos on an x86 acer chromebook a few years ago and it's still happily in use in our house.
@ajroach42 Had a pixel book and used it for ages! I gave it up because it didn't have the reliability I needed for art apps, but was quite pleased with the Linux experience. I dunno if they ever figured out how to use the actual GPU with the crostini environment but no complaints from a windowless experience.
@ajroach42 Actually, happy to send you mine for shipping if you'd like. it's got a crack in the screen but it doesn't interfere too much.
@nebulos Oh thank you.
I ended up finding two from some locals in the $100 range. I'll have them next week.
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