I wouldn't be surprised. Samsung's ChromeBooks are also ~£30 more expensive in the UK compared to the US once you add the VAT.
Everyone says that Windows is a hardware hog but those machines would easily run Windows 7 sans the bios restrictions. I'm actually quite suprised as I thought of ChromeOS as a slimmed down OS that would probably run on ARM or something for efficiency and really long battery lives, 8h is still good but the hardware is way higher level than I expected. I guess I wonder what the point is of having such capible hardware and running such a limited 'OS' on it. I run an entire home server on very simmilar hardware subbing in big HDs of course.
In response to CAM I think that a bandwidth moniter would probably be some kind of app addon assuming that these are allowed under the OS as this is something built in the US meaning that it is build almost with sole consideration for the US market where mobile data is less visciously capped than elsewhere. I imagine that they would leave it to the cell providers own bandwidth metering web pages anyway given the all web nature of it.
Last edited by SYNACK; 15th May 2011 at 01:15 PM.
My guess would be that decent specs are needed for:
Hardware graphics acceleration
Not to mention, as time goes on, more and more of that is appearing in browsers.
So, nice as new ChromeBooks would be, we have 30-odd EeePCs (the 901 model with 4GB of decent-speed flash storage) which it'd be a shame to waste, and we need a small, cut-down OS that just does web browsing for our reception classes. I tried Debian with Firefox/Iceweasel first, and then Chromium, but in the end Chrome seems to provide the best combination of plugin compatability (it handles Flash and PDF nativly) and kiosk mode - we want a simple computer that 5-year-olds can't go too far wrong with.
Here are my working notes on setting up a minimal install of Debian running XFCE, Chrome, wireless connectivity and not much else. This gives you a computer that boots straight into a web browser (you get a bunch of scrolling Linux text and a flicker of the desktop as it loads, although boot time is probably under a minute), connecting to your wireless network at boot. The browser is in icognito and kiosk mode, so you can't open tabs and browsing history isn't kept. Also, the user can't enter URLs into the address bar, so if you don't make Google or similar the homepage they can be fairly limited as to what sites they can actually get to.
In future we'll probably configure some machines for a slightly older age group, so a web browser with tabs might be a good idea - I'll have to reconfigure XFCE so it has no menu options and make a startup script that reloads Chrome if closed.Code:If on EeePSs: Make smaller SSD (4GB partition) sda, give it boot priority SM, then SD as order of harddrives in priority list. Install Debian - text only, no GUI components. Set hostname: KSOS Root password: ...... New user: administrator Same password Set minimal boot time in grub settings: nano /boot/grub/grub.cfg set timeout=0 Install minimal GUI apt-get install xfce4 Wireless Edit /etc/apt/sources.list: Edit line to read: deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian squeeze main contrib non-free apt-get update apt-get install firmware-ralink wireless-tools wpasupplicant chmod 0600 /etc/network/interfaces Edit /etc/network/interfaces: auto wlan0 iface wlan0 inet dhcp wpa-ssid NetworkSSIDGoesHere wpa-psk PasswordGoesHere Auto-logon administrator From http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?t=29333: Edit /etc/inittab, Comment out the line: 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1 And replace with: 1:2345:respawn:/bin/login -f administrator tty1 </dev/tty1 >/dev/tty1 2>&1 Reboot Auto logged on as administrator, edit .bashrc, add to the end: if [ -z "$DISPLAY" ] && [ $(tty) == /dev/tty1 ]; then startx fi Reboot Install Chrome: Download from Google, place on to memory stick, load on target machine seems to be best bet - target machine doesn't have web browser by default. dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb apt-get -f install rm google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb Run Chrome Set homepage to your homepage Set mouse cursor: apt-get install big-cursor In XFCE: Start menu, Settings, XFCE 4 Settings Manager Add item for Chrome: google-chrome --incognitio --kiosk
Interestingly, Chrome itself still seemed like the best choice for browser - it has a nice kiosk mode (Firefox doesn't seem to), Flash and PDF just work, and if I understand correctly it should still update itself automatically.
there is a debian chrome repository that you may want to try instead of installing from usb.
Linux Software Repositories ? Google
installing from .deb should update the repository info anyway to allow automatic updates.
dhicks (14th October 2011)
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