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So the day my I3 Chromebook arrived in the mail, I installed XFCE4 Linux through the Crouton install. Just like a time before, I went to access it, and it would freeze just upon launch. I had a back-up but decided it was time to try something different. So I dropped the Chrubuntu version on this time. There has been a learning curve . . . . I installed Ubuntu one time prior on an old netbook. I absolutely hated it and it didn't last long at all until I wiped it and installed Mint. But I have a good friend who had installed it and told me his experiences were much more positive vs XFCE.
I've got to say, after an afternoon of getting used to it, I'm enjoying it! It's much more attractive to look at than XFCE and once I kind of got used to the structure, I'm beginning to see why so many tout it as the OS own. I've installed Cairo Dock as that is something I found a while back on a forum about Linux on Chrome. This dock adds much funtionality right from the desktop. A great extension.
And one more plus! The XFCE extension seemed to have all kinds of sound/mic issues with Google's hangouts! I'm proud to report those issues are no where to be found in the Ubuntu version of this install!
Below is a screengrab of the Ubuntu Desktop.
Although I don't do this as much as I once did, I still from time to time have cause to FTP files and photos from my computers to my web servers. So how do you do this from Chrome OS? Well, below are three options that I have done myself.
If you have a Linux distro installed, you can grab an FTP client such as Filezilla. Boot shell and sudo into your instance of Linux and FTP away.
Yesterday, I got to watch Samsung's product announcements at IFA. Below are my opinions on what I saw . . .
The Note 4 is a nice upgrade from the N3. Sure to be a winner! The display is a sweet upgrade, the S-pen looks to add legit functionality to product. I was pleased to hear that they are working on Battery optimization.
On the Edge, my jury is still out. While I think it is very innovative, I think it brings new problems with false clicks, and more easy to break when dropped, and probably easier to drop because you will be holding different. And remember, we haven't seen pricing for any of this stuff. But I'm pretty sure this is the new Samsung Flagship! It's attractive, and in my opinion, an advancement. But until I hold it and use it, I'm not sure how much of one.
I've now owned the Acer C-720 for just over a month. I can honestly say I am very impressed with the performance of this device. The i3 processor is certainly a noticeable improvement compared to the Samsung 3 series I previously owned. Being familiar with Chrome OS, I can say I experienced no surprises. But I will offer this. If you like Chrome OS, springing for the i3 with 4 gigs of RAM should be an easy decision. But if you still aren't sure about it, I'm going to recommend you go with one of the less expensive Haswel models to start with. These have plenty of horsepower for the Chrome Operating system. But if you've experienced the lag of the early ARM based systems, you, like me will appreciate the horsepower that the I3 offers.
By day I try to keep a Chemical Company safe. But on my time, I seem to have an obsession with Technology. I've been following mobile advancements in Technology since the mid-90s. I've used Palm OS, Windows Mobile, iOS and Android devices. With this experience comes a lot of opinion. I offer those opinions here.