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bbaker6212
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Re: Linux programs come to Chromebooks

Post by bbaker6212 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:20 am

alexa9 wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:27 pm
bbaker6212 wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:57 pm
I don't see the point of this. If you want Linux apps then install a Linux distro. It works on Apollo-Lake devices if you use either 1) the rEFInd boot manager or 2) you use Linuxium's ISO respin script for Ubuntu based distro's like Mint, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, etc.
A lot of schools use Chromebooks. I think they would be better off installing Linux on cheap Dell Laptops and Desktops but this will be a decent workaround. Also will give more exposure to Linux which is a good thing for young people to get out of the binary Mac/Windows mindset.
The hardware vendors are as much at fault. They should provide machines with a better BIOS and boot manager capabilities. They usually only offer the choice of Mac or Windows and support that. There's no reason why they cannot deliver/support a machine that has a muti-boot configuration. They just don't want the extra support costs or the demand for Linux, even in the education market is just not big enough to make it worth it for them.
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Re: Linux programs come to Chromebooks

Post by BG405 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:18 am

bbaker6212 wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:20 am
They usually only offer the choice of Mac or Windows and support that.
I'd say usually support that, but there are holes even in this scenario .. e.g. try finding WiFi drivers for Windows 7 for a Toshiba NB520. That's right, Toshiba hosts/hosted most of the drivers but this one was notably absent. The WiFi worked OOTB in Linux Mint 17.3. Now I know what the card is, I could likely find Win drivers but I disembarked the M$ gravy money train ages ago.

I'm all for more Linux exposure. If this means more of our successors get to discover Linux, meaning an effective end to the MS/Mac duopoly, all the better.
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