I'm in like four or five Chromebook or ChromeOS G+ Communities, and I see a common theme.
It seems that just about every other poster wants to know how to install some hacked-up linux distro named after a Ceasar salad component on their little Chromebook. So they can do x. Or y. Or something else. It's like they just bought a Chromebook because it was cheap and they figured they could load something else on it.
Folks, I admire the hacker ethic, having been BeOS/Hackintosh/Linux guy myself, a professional virtualization Engineer, and such, but really, you're missing the point if you want to replace your ChromeOS with a Linux Distro. More to the point, you're admitting defeat, you're admitting the cloud can't serve all your needs, that you need a crutch in the form of an old, local operating system.
The point behind ChromeOS is to allow you, the Chromie with the dorkie computer all your friends make fun of, to leverage Google's immense and best-in-class cloud services for all your needs.
You know what I did today? I put together a claim for my home insurance company using G+ & Docs entirely. The claim included a dozen documents, PDFs, and Google Sheets, + 2 dozen edited & captioned photographs taken on my Android phone. I was able to do all this work within Google's cloud, starting it while working on my PowerMac at work, finishing it on my ArmBook while on the bus. No I don't have perfect 100% Word 2013 compatibility, but guess what, you don't need it if you start and end your production inside Google's ecosystem.
Ahhh who am I kidding. I have a CR-48 that's outlived its usefulness. Sure I did my graduate program on it (Graduating with Distinction!) but the ArmBook is way better. So I sympathize with you.
But it's time we Chromies stand up and say we have something real, something that's competitive with Mac, Windows, Linux and what have you, something that can handle all of your workloads and then some, something that's so amazing, omnipresent, and powerful, its superiority is self-evident to any fair observer. ChromeOS wants you to live your life in the cloud. Do it! Uninstall Office, ditch your USB sticks, Right Click --> delete the Ubuntu .iso, microwave your DVD ROMs, and forget all about .docx, .xlsx and any other proprietary format and come join me.
The era of agnostic computing is here. The browser is victorious over all pretenders. And we are its pioneers, years, perhaps decades, ahead of those who mock us.
Friendly rant over (and yes I'm a bit tired of being teased at work for loving my Chromebook so much).
Try visiting one of their support pages for a windows laptop. Page after page of downloads, problems, known issues, etc. If I was a manufacturer, it would be an easy decision to choose chrome os for my devices.
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