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How may Chromebooks run Crouton?

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Where Are All The Chromebooks?

Crouton has 171,342 users?… hmm interesting

Google URL Shortener - Google Chrome_023 stats


More interesting still the ratio of Chromebook users to Crouton installers…

1 in 10? then 1,713,420 Chromebooks

1 in a 100?  then 17,134,200


Chromebook shipments in 2014 are expected to increase to 4-5 million units, the sources indicated.


Hmm that Linux Web Growth looks like the Crouton affect – using Xfce on your Chromebook.

This is exactly how I use my HP Pavilion 14.

Hmm that looks like Crouton – using Xubuntu on your Chromebook

Chitika, an online advertising network and Yahoo partner, recently concluded a five-month study of Chrome OS and Linux Web usage growth. The company found that the Chrome OS drives 0.2% of desktop Web traffic in North America.

That represents a doubling of Chrome OS traffic in September 2013, when Chitika’s study began. But in the overall scheme of things, Chromebook-generated Web traffic remains insignificant. Chrome OS Web traffic is about a tenth of desktop Linux Web traffic in North America.


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February 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Adding Xfce to your HP Chromebook with crouton

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Really easy and it works great!

Geek Note: Long term I’m going to use Crouton to install Xfce which uses the chroot command to run Xfce on top of the Chrome OS, which is already based on Linux. Unlike dual-booting, that means you can switch between Chrome OS and Xubuntu with a quick keyboard shortcut, no reboots necessary.[ Edit 20.08.13: This works great:) ]

How to Install Ubuntu Linux on Your Chromebook with Crouton

crouton: Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment

crouton is a set of scripts that bundle up into an easy-to-use, Chromium OS-centric chroot generator. Currently Ubuntu and Debian are supported (using debootstrap behind the scenes), but “Chromium OS Debian, Ubuntu, and Probably Other Distros Eventually Chroot Environment” doesn’t acronymize as well (crodupodece is admittedly pretty fun to say, though).

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August 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

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HP Pavilion 14-c002sa Chromebook a steal at £199

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HP Chrombook and 24in external

From me on Amazon:

Very nice and quiet – 4GB of RAM and good build quality for the price

By SilverWave

I wanted a quiet replacement for an existing PC, so I bought this for £199 and can’t believe how good it is.
I have connected it to my 24in Samsung monitor and it automatically configured its self :-)

Loads of ports so I have connected all my external kit from the old PC:
A Saitek keyboard (USB) Note: Media keys work!
A Logitech mouse (USB).
A Logitech 3.1 sound system (headphone socket).
24in Samsung monitor (HDMI).

Preparation: I enabled Chrome syncing on my main Google account, so when logging on to the Chromebook for the first time, everything came across automatically (Extensions, Passwords, Tabs etc.,).

Network: Has WiFi but also Ethernet which is convenient.
Video: Happy to report that Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube work fine.
Screen: The 14inch screen is quite nice, and can be used at the same time as an external.
Sound: Fine for watching Netflix etc..
Trackpad: Nice and responsive.
Software: Obviously you should know that you are getting Chrome and web apps, that’s fine for me.
Summary: All in all no idea how they produce this for £199.

GeekNote: Long term I’m going to use Crouton to install Xfce which uses the chroot command to run Xfce on top of the Chrome OS, which is already based on Linux. Unlike dual-booting, that means you can switch between Chrome OS and Xfce with a quick keyboard shortcut, no reboots necessary.[ Edit 20.08.13: This works great:) ]

Note about Amazon Title: Processor Type is an Intel Celeron also no DVD-RW.

Note 20.08.13: Also redeemed the Google Drive storage offer of an extra 100GB for 2 years (normally $4.99 a month). After the 2 years your data is still available you just cant add more.

I used the Google Ninja support form, as the File manager Offer button kept saying “Invalid”.

Note: The battery may not last all day as some Chromebooks do, but as I’m using it as a desktop replacement that is not a issue, YMMV.

From HP:

The HP Pavilion Chromebook gives you fast and easy access to the things you love and depend on, from a world of Google apps and services to your photos and social networks. And since it’s the first Chromebook with a 14-inch diagonal design, you get full-size comfort without giving up full-on mobility.

  • Google Chrome OS
  • Intel® Celeron® 847
  • 35.5 cm (14″)
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 16 GB SSD

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August 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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Groklaw Themes Bug on Chrome

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Themes: Groklaw, Groklaw_Blue, Woodlands, Woodlands2 and WoodNight.

On Chrome (Version 28.0.1500.63) the Headlines column is too small (1/7) and the News Picks too large (5/7).

Grokporate is Correct so I will switch to it for now. (Headlines column 5/7 and News Picks 2/7).

OS is Xubuntu 13.04.

Screen is a running 1920 x 1080 (24 inch Samsung).


Fonts and Zoom








Will log a bug report with Groklaw.


Customise fonts

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July 2, 2013 at 8:17 am

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Interesting: The Dell Buyout: Storm Warning for the Tech Industry

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The Dell Buyout: Storm Warning for the Tech Industry

What it means to the rest of us

I think the Dell deal is just the beginning of the Windows 8 fallout. There are several other, bigger, shoes waiting to drop.

What will the other major PC licensees do? If you’re working at a company like HP or Acer, everything about this situation feels ugly. Your faith in Windows has been broken, you’re losing share to Lenovo, and now Microsoft is subsidizing one of your biggest competitors. I’d be tempted to fly out to Redmond and demand my own handout. And I’d also be willing to look at more radical options. There are several possibilities:

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April 28, 2013 at 4:37 am

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Okay Upgrade to Xubuntu 13.04 works ;-)

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Yeah I succumbed to temptation and hit the big shiny upgrade button.

All working OK.

My actual distro is Ubuntu with the Xfce desktop added, but after the upgrade it still remembered that I log on to Xfce \o/

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April 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

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The Lumia 900 – A really Ugly, under spec’d, Low Res., Square phone, For too much money …

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The Nokia Lumia 900 review

Its really weird, most of the reviews seem to be in the line of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

I cant work out if this is just the result of “Group Think”, or if the reviewers are aware that outright criticism of MS/Nokia is not allowed and dance around giving the reader hints instead.

Also this review is interesting because after reading it my takeaway was:

A really Ugly, under spec’d, Low Res., Square phone, For too much money …

Now the ugly is personal preference, but something I would stand by, this thing is ugly.

Now the under spec’d, Low Res is born out if you research the phone and I think the reviewer does touch on this but again this odd reticence to take MS/Nokia to task for it.


It feels bigger in hand than you might expect.

“Due to the screen margins and casing overhang it feels bigger in hand than
you might expect of a 4.3-inch-screened phone. ”

Its Fat.

“The Lumia 900 is not pushing the limits of thinness at 11.5

The Galaxy Note is 9.7 mm and the iPhone 9.3 mm

It can be hard to hear.

“The Lumia 900’s single speaker is pretty quiet, even at the loudest volume
setting. […] but it can be hard to hear without the volume turned all the way
up. ”

As for storage, […]16GB—unexpandable.

As for storage, the Lumia 900 comes with a flat 16GB—unexpandable,

The Lumia 900’s screen is 800×480 pixels.

In 2012???


What is this the Windows95 Phone?

It gets Dirty real fast.

“the Lumia 900’s screen holds onto grease and fingerprints like

“Fingerprint grease slicks can accumulate to the point that light coming
from the screen underneath strobes. The grease buildup gets so rich and
plentiful, you could identify a murder suspect from these fingerprint

Landscape orientation sometimes seems half-baked.

“with buttons that stay portrait-oriented next to the horizontal keyboard.
The phone is also a bit finicky about scrolling. ”

Ouch – I mean that is pretty basic!

Windows Phone notifications are poor.

The reviewer dances around this but does say:

“the OS needs to play catchup in other notification measures.”

The browser is, unfortunately, one of the phone’s weaker points.

Yes if you look at the screen shots its pretty nasty.

And slow:

“over three times slower than the iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus”

Too much swiping – too little info per page.

“Often apps split too much between too many menus, requiring several swipes
to access all of the options. In other cases, the large fonts that characterize
the OS take up too much valuable screen real estate.”

This is a conscious design decision and a bad one.

No replaceable Battery & recharge takes approx 4 hours.

This is a deal breaker for me what use is a phone that I cant use?

Written by SilverWav

April 5, 2012 at 8:49 am