Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date may catch a lot of new Chromebook buyers from the past year by surprise when it rolls around, especially if those auto updates expire in July-Sept, 2021. Are you keeping tabs on your Chromebook’s AUE?

Policy:

  • Every Chrome device receives regular updates from Google until it reaches its Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date, listed below, subject to support from component manufacturers. When a device reaches AUE, automatic software updates from Google will no longer be provided.
  • Chrome devices that have not reached their AUE date will continue to receive OS updates and function with Chrome Education Upgrade and Chrome Enterprise Upgrade. After the AUE date is reached, existing and future policies may not work as intended, and technical support will not be provided.
  • Google will publish a model’s AUE date on this page after its release, giving buyers time to make purchase decisions. Please check the AUE date when making a purchasing decision.

At times, it can be difficult to figure out which Chromebook you have, even in that list. That can be a bigger problem when you are looking to buy a Chromebook: however, if you already have one, then you can check to see the “Update schedule” in your Chromebook’s settings:

That’s a pic from my earlier ‘New Old’ Chromebook vs ‘New New’ Chromebook – Chromebook series part 2 post. More pics ‘n handy info in that post.

There are over 2000+++  versions of the Linux OS when you count Distros, Flavor, Spins, DE’s, etc.

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

Most Linux OSes are bloated resource ‘Hogs’ when compared to the Chrome OS on Chromebooks, and the 32GB’s of eMMC storage on my 12.2” Samsung Chromebook is going to be a tight squeeze for most of them.

However, as I mentioned in the Spending hours trying to keep that so-called “Linux Desktop” Distro working? Try Linux CloudReady OS! post, CloudReady OS is also a Linux OS, and is “officially part of Google and the Chrome OS team!”

Chrome OS became the “world’s second-most popular desktop operating system” last year:

Chromebook’s Chrome OS users are not going to like the difficulties involved in keeping 99.999% of the Linux OSes running. Linux has tried for 30 years to produce a secure ‘n steady ‘n reliable Desktop/Laptop OS, and have totally failed until Google entered the picture.

Chromium OS hasn’t been very successful, and I haven’t like it when I tested it (a couple-few times). Chromium OS is free ‘n opensource software, but it’s Chrome OS’s proprietary software that has found success in the Worldwide Desktop/Laptop OS users markets.

Chromebooks kicked-off in 2011, and by 2020 the Chrome OS has reached the “second-most popular desktop operating system” spot. I just started using Chromebooks last month ‘n the Chrome OS is already my #2 favorite OS…have purchased THREE Chromebooks during this span…have changed the direction of this blog due to Chromebooks ‘n Chrome OS – Chrome OS is Linux that Works – ‘Gentoo Linux-based OS derived from Free Software Chromium OS’ – Part XI: Progressions of the Linux Newbie Blog.

Our story: In the beginning

Neverware was founded in 2011 by Jonathan Hefter, who began developing the core tech behind our first product in 2009, after he graduated from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jonathan was driven by a simple question: “How can students, teachers, and consumers get the experience of using a new, powerful computer without buying one?”

After several tries (and a lot of grit and determination from Jonathan and the team he built along the way), Neverware’s second product, CloudReady, launched to market in 2015.

By installing CloudReady, schools, enterprises, and nonprofits can transform the PCs and Macs they already own into secure, fast machines that can be managed using Google’s web-based Admin console. These organizations can do exactly what Jonathan originally envisioned: Get the experience of using fast, new computers without buying them.

Whilst Radical ‘n Fanatical Linux OS users have been running around telling everyone they meet, that ‘They’ use Linux, Google ‘n Neverware have actually created secure ‘n steady ‘n reliable Desktop/Laptop OSes that have become popular in a relative short time (i.e. compared to 30 years).

CloudReady OS is poised to become a very popular Desktop/Lap OS, IMHO. Google acquired Neverware in December of 2020…yes, that Google.

This post is going to be a lot longer than I first thought…thusly, I will make Fragments of it – too coin a term used by Linus Torvalds on why Linux has failed as a Desktop/Laptop OS…note that he made that statement about a month before Google acquired Neverware.

Was planning to wait until my new $149 Chromebook arrives this coming Monday, before conducting any tests on replacing Chrome OS wid CloudReady OS in that 32GB eMMC storage space, but decided to go ahead and give it a try today.

I did succeed in replacing Chrome OS wid CloudReady OS in that 32GB eMMC storage space, and then went ahead and installed Fedora 34 Cinnamon Spin to a 128GB SD memory card. Had Fedora 33 on that SD card, but that older installation wouldn’t boot anymore.

Need to gets a lot of pics on those processes, and it will take 1 or 2 more Fragments to get it all together. It will be info ‘n ‘How to’ for both Chromebook users wid Auto Update Expiration (AUE) looming for their Chrome OS, and also Linux OS users who want to get a low priced laptop to install Linux on.

Will add this post to the Chromebooks page…

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