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 PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:40 am   
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Anyone ever used it?

Got the chance to pick up a SUPER cheap chromebook (HP Chromebook 14 "kip"), so went ahead and grabbed it. Of course, I couldn't get audio on Debian, Fedora, or Arch...since mainline linux kernel no longer supports most of the semi-custom audio that's on chromebooks. So installed Gallium-Baytrail, and have everything up and running. Added the Kubuntu LTS ppa, installed plasma 5, removed XFCE and all the cruft from that, and have a rather nice running system. If anyone wants/needs to run LInux on a chromebook instead of chromeos, I can heartily recommend Gallium if you either like XFCE or are willing to do a lot of legwork setting up another desktop.

One point, DO NOT remove the lxdm that Gallium is set up with. I have been unable to make any other DM boot in my testing (I've already reinstalled multiple times), and in the end I'm just booting to lxdm and then changed the default session to startkde rather than switching to lightdm. lxdm is actually even lighter than lightdm too, although it's JUST a login, you cannot change your session at login, so it's also not all that useful if you have multiple sessions.

HP Chromebook 14 (kip)
Celeron N2940 quad-core
4 GB ram
16 GB eMMC
14" 1080P
Intel 7260AC + BT 4.0
2xUSB 2.0
1xUSB 3.0

Overall, nifty little system now that I've got linux on it. Now to figure out what to do with it, since I have no need for it.

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Morgh - N3450/4G/32 eMMC/QCA9377/Fed 27
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 PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:08 pm   
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So after a few more days of using this, I've decided to get rid of my E5250 (1080P 12.5" touchscreen, but lightest of my Dells) and keep the chromebook instead. Originally I had planned on just testing it out and then selling it off, but it works so nice, and it's so light (lighter than the E5250 despite being 14"), that I've decided to keep it and sell the Dell instead.

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Excelsior - i7-6600U/32 GB/512 SSD/8265/Deb 9
Titan - i5-6440HQ/16G/1TB SSD/8265/Deb 9+W10
Wildmage - i5-5300U/16G/1TB SSD/8265/Deb 10
Dretch - i5-3380M/16G/480 SSD/7260/Arch
Succubus - i5-3360M/8G/480 SSD/6205/q4os
Morgh - N3450/4G/32 eMMC/QCA9377/Fed 27
Chromium - N2940/4G/16 eMMC/7260/GalliumOS


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 PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:20 pm   
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Chromebooks can be pretty nice, depending on what you get. The original prototypes and the early versions were pretty low end. The keyboards and displays have always been pretty good, but until Google got into cooperative deals with hardware vendors to make Chromebook models with higher specs, they were pretty low on their computing engines. The Pixel project seemed to change that, so now you have to check a bit more carefully and decide if you prefer a really inexpensive unit or a powerful, more expensive unit.

I have not used Gallium OS - perhaps it would be worth a try.

Are you familiar with resetting Chromebook hardware to factory settings? I might have a few cases where I may want to do that in the future, and if that ends up being the case, I may be able to get into a moderately priced Chromebook model pretty inexpensively that isn't in the rock bottom of the recent model list.

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 PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:46 pm   
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Yeah, I've had to do that on a few systems now.

I've actually been using this "laptop" a lot recently. I'm getting ~6 hours battery life, so pretty much just as good as with ChromeOS, low power states work absolutely perfectly (I find myself using sleep a lot actually just because it does get decent battery life), and the performance is absolutely tolerable. It's only issue is that once in a while for no rhyme or reason the display just goes black. Backlight stays on, but no other display works. CAn still cycle between TTY's, so it's not UTTERLY frozen or anything, but can't get X to respond. I've had this happen a couple times now. Once it was after 6 or 7 straight hours of usage, another time it was after 15. In the end, I've just been going to a TTY and shutdown -r now. It's annoying when it happens, but doesn't happen enough to truly bother me, and it's not like it's predictable when it happens.

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Nightlund - AMD FX8320/32 G/960 SSD/GTX 760 2GB/Realtek 1 GB/Deb 9+W10
Excelsior - i7-6600U/32 GB/512 SSD/8265/Deb 9
Titan - i5-6440HQ/16G/1TB SSD/8265/Deb 9+W10
Wildmage - i5-5300U/16G/1TB SSD/8265/Deb 10
Dretch - i5-3380M/16G/480 SSD/7260/Arch
Succubus - i5-3360M/8G/480 SSD/6205/q4os
Morgh - N3450/4G/32 eMMC/QCA9377/Fed 27
Chromium - N2940/4G/16 eMMC/7260/GalliumOS


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