Google Chromebook’s Linux (Beta) mode ‘n Windows 10’s Windows Subsystem for Linux GUI (WSLg) suggests that something is definitely in ‘Da Wind’! I can’t wait to hear what CEO Satya Nadella has to say on June 24, i.e. about “the next generation of Windows.”

  • UPDATE: 10:30 PM EST – finally got Linux installed about an hour ago. Used the method listed here: GitHub dnschneid/crouton. It’s the *TERRIBLE* xfce DE – Ubuntu 16.04 I believe (?). Terrible to move around in xfce, as usual. Some old web browser (NetSurf) that Google ‘n Yahoo email won’t work with, so couldn’t even send 2 pics. Couldn’t even access USBs to put the pics on. Will do some more testing, but I can’t stand the xfce DE, so will need to find something else. Too much trouble for any Linux Distro…

Are Programmers ‘n Developers tired of the ‘so-called’ Linux “Desktop” OS, and looking for a real Desktop/Laptop OS that also includes an option that allows them to do ‘wHaTeVeR’ Programmers ‘n Developers do? First of all, a Desktop/Laptop OS needs to be stable ‘n reliable, which no Linux Distro is.

With technology ‘n hardware advances moving so fast now, Google Chromebooks are giving advanced notices on a Chromebook’s ‘End of Life’ support … I don’t know what else to call stuff like this: 1) Check when your Chromebook’s updates will stop 2) Auto Update policy. Is Google headed towards ‘Disposable Laptops’? I dunno, but ‘End of Life’ support for my 2 new Chromebooks is 4-years on HP ‘n 3-years on Samsung.

I believe they are working on being able to at least update the Chrome browser when  ‘End of Life’ support ends. I post briefs/logs on the *Karmi’s Daily Blog Log* page, and refer to them at times … here’s one:

6/09/2021: When one actually does some testing on other Desktop/Laptop OSes besides Windows 10 Pro, they can see how far behind those other OSes are, e.g. an OS like Linux isn’t made for or suitable for ‘Desktop Duty‘. Yes, one can claim that their Electric Lamborghini is just like a Lamborghini, but gets better gas mileage; however, can it actually get a tag for driving on the highway? Simply No. Have been testing ‘Chromebook‘ hard…trying to install Linux using Developer Mode…installing Linux Beta for installing apps (GParted didn’t work but GIMP did). Chromebooks are made for Chrome OS, and are amazing; however, other than to test, I see no reason to put Linux on one. Honestly, the one ‘Thang I don’t like about Chromebooks at this point, is the Auto Update Expiration (AUE). From what I can tell so far, you’d have to pay a lot of money to get a top quality Chromebook that has a life span of 7-8 years, and I could probably buy the same setup with WIN10 Pro for less. These tests are made easy because Chromebook has “Powerwash.” Excited to see what the 12.2″ Samsung can do when it gets here…great display that is also touchscreen ‘n Stylus pen able…it stops getting updates in 3 years. What then? I dunno yet, but that’s basically $100 a year ‘n then updates stop.

Whilst waiting on the new Samsung Plus V2 XE521QAB-K01 (Release Year: 2019 @ $299.99 w/ $14.58 shipping ‘n no tax) to arrive, I have been busy testing ‘Da Heck outta new HP Chromebook – 14a-na0023cl (Release Year: 2020 @ $209.99 w/ free shipping ‘n no tax). Fortunately, for me, Chromebooks have a “Powerwash” ‘Thingie that restores Chrome OS back to factory setting … well, it also restores your settings ‘n apps ‘n ‘Shelf’ (AKA taskbar/dock/panel/etc). Very handy tool when doing so many tests!

Have needed the “Powerwash” option often…OOOPS!  😉  There are many ‘How To’ install a Linux Distro on a Chromebook articles, but I haven’t found any to work yet, if I am doing it right. That starts wid the Developer Mode setting, or option might be a better word. It involves using the Crouton app or whatever it is. Google doesn’t like this method, IMHO, because its not supported. I haven’t even found out how to get into BIOS yet … haven’t even found a ‘Boot Menu’ key (if they even have one). If this sounds confusing, it is. It also, apparently, changes so fast that even ‘How To’ articles just a month old are out of date w/ their info. Ubuntu seems to be the only Distro you can actually install, using up-to-date methods that are out-of-date already…something like that, I think!?! This – How to Install and Run Linux on a Chromebook – didn’t work for me.

The Linux (Beta), also known as Crostini, is supported by Chromebook; however, it is apparently only for adding apps, so you can’t install a full Linux Distro with that … geez, even difficult to write ‘n describe. Have spent hours for days trying this out, and the Crouton failures are bleeding into this area.

Anyway, as I said on the *Karmi’s Daily Blog Log* page log above, turning on the Linux Beta for installing Linux apps in Chromebooks is easy, since it is made for Chrome OS. How many Linux apps do I use? Not many. GParted is the main app I use with Linux, and it didn’t work here, i.e. installed, but would just spin w/o opening. GIMP did install. Frankly, Google Chrome OS seems way behind on Windows 10’s Windows Subsystem for Linux GUI (WSLg) – see my Windows Subsystem for Linux GUI page for more.

I don’t believe Google Chromebook can put a dent in Windows 10 Pro, but Apple (or ‘wHaTeVeR’) is another story, IMHO. Have heard that Apple also has an OS that includes Programmers ‘n Developers. Wid Apple’s historical Modus Operandi of over-pricing their products, Google could gain some massive market share from them.

Google Chromebook uses a special BIOS, and they don’t want you messing in that area. I’ve spent days searching, and still haven’t found a way to get into BIOS. There are methods to flash it, re-flash it, and flip-flop-flash it (just kidding, I think!?), but if something goes wrong your warranty is gone.  😉

That above 6/09/2021 log on the *Karmi’s Daily Blog Log* page probably describes where I am at right now with the Chromebook.

Have also been looking at the 11+++” Chromebooks in Walmart when I’m weekly shopping there, and that size looks really good. The problems I always had wid the old ASUS Memo 10+” Android tablet was lack of a keyboard, Android OS was difficult, and everything else was just too small. These newer combo 11++” types, with keyboards & touchscreen look interesting.

Time for a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                 😉

Will add this post to the Chromebooks page, under “Chromebook series” section.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!