‘Surprise, surprise, surprise!’ Well, Chrome OS is offering me what 25 years of dealing with other Linux Distros hasn’t, i.e. a Linux Desktop/Laptop Operating system that is user friendly, reliable, secure, stable, and actually works.
‘Fragmentation is Why Linux Hasn’t Succeeded on Desktop .. It seems to be that Chromebooks and Android are the paths towards the desktop.’ – Linus Torvalds
Chrome OS is a Gentoo Linux-based OS derived from the Free Software Chromium OS and “uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. Unlike Chromium OS, Chrome OS is proprietary software.”
- OS family – Linux (Unix-like)
- Initial release – June 15, 2011
- Update method – Rolling release
- Package manager – Portage
- Kernel type – Monolithic (Linux kernel)
- Default user interface – Google Chrome
- License – Proprietary
- Chrome OS is only available pre-installed on hardware from Google manufacturing partners, but there are unofficial methods that allow it to be installed in other equipment. Its open-source upstream, Chromium OS, can be compiled from downloaded source code.
Recently, I saw two articles that caught my attention – 1) Chromebooks dominate the global PC market to 275% growth, with HP leading the charge. 2) Chrome OS has beaten Apple’s macOS market share.
By May 23, 2021 I had ordered my first Chromebook – paid $209.99 total cost (no tax ‘n free shipping) for a new HP 14″ Chromebook – 14a-na0023cl – Intel® Celeron® N4000 – 14″ FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) display. After it arrived, I was amazed at the Total OS/software ‘n Hardware Package being offered. I have documented some of my tests on the *Karmi’s Daily Blog Log* page, since all of this was so new to me that I couldn’t write much about it yet…other than on some daily logs.
How amazed was I with that new HP Chromebook – 14a-na0023cl?
Well, yesterday (Jun 04, 2021), after a long search, I ordered a new Samsung 12.2″ Chromebook Plus V2 4GB 32GB XE521QAB-K01 New Sealed Stylus Pen for $299.99 + $14.58 shipping…no tax.
That 14” HP Chromebook, with its ‘Total OS/software ‘n Hardware Package’ platform, caused me to start thinking about an even more ‘Portable Companion’ platform for my WIN10 Pro Main desktop computers.
At that point, I wanted two Chromebooks – one to use ‘n one to test. Started looking for a Chromebook with a 12-13.3” display ‘n at least a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Finally found that Samsung 12.2” but it was about $115 more than I wanted to spend; however, finding a 12-13.3” display above the 1366 x 768 resolution, which was also close to my $200 price range, just wasn’t going to happen.
The Intel® Celeron® Processor 3965Y in the Samsung 12.2” Chromebook was also of concern to me, especially if I was going to fork out $115 over what I wanted to pay. Then I found this old review: Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 Review. I had already decided that 32 GBs of eMMC storage was plenty big enough for the Chrome OS, but that Celeron had me concerned…until seeing that review ‘n the YouTube along with it. Don’t normally watch YouTube reviews, but decided to check it out:
He sold me on it. Besides, Linux works great on older hardware, and Chrome OS is a lot less bloated than most other Linux Distros.
Two new Chromebook for $524.56…gives me a chance to see if I like the 12.2″ better – as a portable ‘n quickie type of system. One is going to go thru Testing-Hell ‘n the other will be my WIN10 Pro ‘Companion‘ system…so to speak.
By a ‘Companion‘ system, I mean that I don’t see Chrome OS as a main Desktop OS that I would use fulltime personally. Some refer to it as a “web browser engine for the user interface, they are oriented toward web applications rather than desktop applications or mobile apps.” Others refer to it as a “Desktop/laptop Operating System”:
I still have *LOTS* of testing to do, so am going to end this post until I get more results in. However, as I have said, Chromebook offers a ‘Total OS/software ‘n Hardware Package’ platform, that is very portable, and I can’t ignore it any longer.
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!