[CentOS] Slightly OT: Samsung Chromebook

Wed May 15 22:55:26 UTC 2013
Fred Roller <fredroller66 at gmail.com>

On 05/15/2013 11:57 AM, SilverTip257 wrote:
> On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 6:55 AM, Adam Tauno Williams <awilliam at whitemice.org
>> wrote:
>> On Wed, 2013-05-15 at 11:44 +0100, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>>> I'm thinking of buying a Samsung Chromebook,
>>> largely for use while travelling.
>>> But I'd like to use it at home linked to my CentOS-6.4 server,
>>> rather than to the cloud.
>>> I'm wondering if this is practicable?
>>> I use LaTeX quite a lot,
>>> and I don't know if I could (a) download LaTeX to the Chromebook,
>>> (b) run LaTeX on the cloud,
>>> or (c) run LaTeX on my server from the Chromebook.
>>> Has anyone experience of doing this sort of thing?

> It all depends what you (the OP) is looking to do in conjunction with your
> CentOS box.
> I'd start by finding out from somebody what the stock OS has in terms of
> functionality and packages (ex: VPN support [2]).
> [0] http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/chrome/devices/chromebook-pixel/
> [1]
> http://www.zdnet.com/chromebook-pixel-google-io-could-reveal-its-secret-mission-7000015420/
> [2] http://support.google.com/chromeos/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1282338
I have been using one for a client to test for integration. Prominently 
app driven so you will be looking for your support there.  If it were 
actually mine the OS would have been replaced by now.  It is handy 
though since there is a choice of ssh clients available making working 
on my CentOS servers easy and the 8+ hour battery life gives me a days 
work without plugging in.  Printing is cloud based and most of your life 
is spent in gmail (drive, calendar, docs, etc).  Google does give you 
100Gb of online storage with your purchase I believe but make sure the 
first user you log on with is the one you want to have it; 
non-transferable from what I understand.

Native OS makes it easy to reset when you push too hard :)  I plan on 
testing NX for GUI connection to *nix systems but haven't gotten that 
far yet.  Right now, my personal position is you can get more bang for 
your buck else where.   Hope this helps.