Tux’d my Cr-48
As happy as I was to be in the Cr-48 pilot program, I got tired of bumping up against the limits of the Chrome OS. So I decided to follow these instructions and installed Ubuntu on my Cr-48. Now it’s a real computer!
- Can turn it over, flip the dev-mode switch, and return to Chrome OS at any time (but haven’t yet)
- Full access to local filesystem, expandable with SD card, and Dropbox integration!
- .deb packages far outweigh web apps in quality and quantity
- The joy of futzing around in a new operating system
- Can tether to my phone’s unlimited 3G connection over bluetooth
- I guess I am no longer actively participating in Google’s pilot program…
- Unable to access 100mb of monthly 3G from Verizon (see tethering)
- The joy of fixing what I break when I futz around with a new operating system
With the Cr-48 made so much more capable, I feel better leaving my five year old MacBook Pro at home to act as a media server and general heavy-lifter.
I can certainly understand the niche for Chrome OS, I just don’t live there.