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Chrome OS is a Un-Appreciated Masterpiece



First Time I used Chrome OS and so many people have this operating system wrong! It does far more than you’d expect.

Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
01:15 Chrome OS Desktop
03:20 Linux on Chrome OS
05:30 Downsides of Chrome OS
07:17 Crostini Virtual Environment
09:58 Final Fantasy VI Gameplay
11:13 Terminal Work and Upgrades with Crosh
13:00 Native Linux Game without Proton on ChromeOS

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  1. Chrome OS Videos:
    – Using Chromebrew to install any Application: https://youtu.be/a2L-_MnGGDA
    – Integrate Arch Linux inside ChromeOS: https://youtu.be/I6sAvwHgYwQ
    Couple Addendums based on comments:
    – Model of Laptop used: Thinkpad Yoga C13 – Ryzen 3700C w/ 16GB
    – The major downside is privacy as everything based around Chrome Browser
    – The major upside is the new virtualization that Google is doing (You can sandbox certain apps like Linux desktop apps)
    – TLDW; It is an extremely polished system with great battery life and tight integration with the hardware and you can expand it to include Linux apps to get a LOT more out of your Chromebook than the stock configuration.

  2. ChromeOS is solid and gets the job done for those that just need utilities and aren’t running heavy programs. I have no hate towards it.

  3. Dude. It's google. They embed their stuff into everything. I don't want them spying on me. When my copy of Windows expires, I'm definitely going to install Zorin OS. So excited about that one.

  4. The only issue I have with Chromebooks is when the life cycle ends, both the OS and Browser no longer receive updates. I hear Google plans to resolve that and allow browser updates only, but right now each Chromebook will eventually just stop receiving updates, similar to Android devices. I think CloudReady (now owned by Google) is a better option, but it does not include Android and Linux apps.

  5. All those tracking complaints put aside, no better than with Windows anyway, I really like chromeOS. But you'd need to spend quite a lot for a chromebook to get good performance. Wish Adobe was supported though. Possibly in the future, if they wanna go more mainstream.

  6. The previous Thinkpad Chromebook didn't have hard buttons or the trackpoint nub, and it was heresy. Glad to see they restored that now

  7. I'm a frequent user of Chrome OS (Lenovo C330) for two or three years. The only way I can describe the experience is like this: I would recommend the system to myself, but not to you. The cheap 2-in-1 form factor combined with everything Google has done for the user experience is absolutely incredible. Access to the Android subsystem has allowed me to take pages of notes utilizing apps that were literally made to be hands-on as a notes app should be. Crostini of course is solid and I've used it for GIMP and various things in the past.

    With all of this said, the experience is simply too experimental. Literally every part. This includes both subsystems AND the Chrome OS environment itself. I main Windows for reference. I completely believe Chrome OS will be pristine in 5+ years if development as I've seen it continues steadily. If you like fitting squares into circular holes and reporting bugs, Chrome OS is perfect for you.

  8. Totally agreed. I’m now moving away from Windows and MacOS. I love speed and simplicity of ChromeOS for light desktop work.

  9. If you spend hours with custom config…..it's a non-starter for the average user. I'm over tinkering and just want things to work while I'm using my OS. If I have time to tinker, sure, I'll tinker, but not to get basic stuff I want working.

  10. Chrome is nauseating to me. I use Chrome OS daily and it's crap. It is alot more bloated than you think. Most of its popularity is due to students being forced to use it. A fresh install battery lasts. After using it a couple of months your looking at 4 hours on a chromebook. I doubt it will ever replace the desktop but has a much better chance than linux. Linux should be on every desktop by now.

  11. Android is taking the world. The future of every device is Android. It is even being prepared for the new Macs and Xbox.

  12. Personally my main problem with chrome os is that it doesn't have any way to control my laptop's fan (cuz original Chromebooks doesn't have one), I put Chrome OS on my old laptop and the fan doesn't spin half of the time but when it does it spins on full blast and it's so darn annoying.

  13. Very cool video. I had known theoretically a lot of these things were possible, but nice to see them in action. The icon integration is really impressive for the 'Linux apps' where the Linux underlay is essentially a VM as I gather from the video. Is it a real VM or more like a container? I've tried say running Google Chrome (the browser) in a container in Silverblue using Toolbox which is pretty straightforward – but seems like with ChromeOS you still need a whole VM, correct? Does a full kernel get installed with that VM or is it a bit like an in between container?

  14. Seems very similar to WSL on Windows 10, although graphical emulation still has a ways to go on that.

  15. I recently bought a Chromebook and went through the hassle of getting Linux on it (which is a fair bit of trouble and not guaranteed to work depending on your model; you should do the research before buying if that's your intention, which I originally did not do). Having run both ChromeOS and Linux on it, I'd say:

    A) Most of the things in this video are true and fair enough: ChromeOS runs extremely well, is very convenient, very easy to pick up for the average user and use for all the tasks you'd expect, and with Crostini (which is maybe a little bit beyond the average "bought my mom a Chromebook for her birthday" user level, but overall quite easy to use and well-supported), you can use it for virtually anything you can do on a Linux machine, which is getting closer and closer to being everything (bar some fairly specialised applications) within obvious hardware limitations. The whole Chromebook concept displeases a lot of tech-savy people for obvious privacy-related reasons, but for the average user who wants to do things the hardware allows, it's absolutely great. Better than I expected before buying a Chromebook.

    B) However, almost none of those good things are a function of the Chromebook concept itself: you could have all of that convenience without so much going through Chrome, and without virtually everything being locked down by Google or at least passing through them in some way. I think if I were to, for example, pick a Chromebook that is known to be relatively easy to break out of ChromeOS and work well with a given Linux distro, install that distro on it and configure it to look and behave generally like ChromeOS, and give it away to someone who wanted a Chromebook, they'd have all the functionality they need and it could be just as easy to use. The one thing you'd lose out, possibly, is how similar ChromeOS is to Android, making it a bit easier to pickup for people who are primarily smartphone and tablet users. Sure, ChromeOS is great… if you don't hate the concept of your entire device essentially phoning home to Google, and having somewhat limited control over it. And it's not really those characteristics that make ChromeOS convenient.

    C) So, what actual positives remain that are really unique to Chromebooks? The price, mostly. I'm not sure if it's because of Google's market position, whether Chromebooks are loss leaders or something, but they are cheap, and given current inflated hardware prices, you can save a surprising amount of money by buying a mid-to-high-tier Chromebook instead of a competing comparably spec'd laptop. Running Linux on my fairly recent Chromebook, I run into compatibility issues that I wouldn't have on other devices, but… I kinda don't regret it, because if I had chosen to buy a comparable laptop that could run Linux better and easier, I'd have paid more.

    TL;DR I don't think this is going to convince people who hate the Chromebook concept to like it. ChromeOS is good… but it could be just as good and not have the things people hate about it. However, what Chromebooks are… is cheap, for generally good quality.

  16. Chrome OS is my daily driver now. Totally underrated OS. In my opinion, Linux shines as a containerized OS. It's secure and works great as a dev environment. Spent years distro hopping and changing my WM on a weekly basis. But now I've finally settled on this and just do all of my work in the terminal. Honestly can't go back to a normal distro at this point.

  17. So if you're going through the trouble of installing all this jazz with Linux, why even bother with ChromeOS? Just do a native Arch install?

  18. Hello good afternoon Im looking to buy a mid to higher end chromebook, what would you recommend. I'm looking at the acer spin 713, Asus Cx5 and the HP 14c .

  19. Okay first few mins good, chrome os is intended for people that does the basic stuff, as a normal user you won’t even understand 90% of this video.

  20. I've always been impressed by how well optimised Chromeos is. My Chromebook has a celeron and 4 gigs of ram, and sometimes it feels as snappy as my desktop. I think that the main downside of a 'student- grade' laptop is that the build quality is pretty bad.

    Also, messing with Linux on 4 gigs of ram isn't particularly productive. The chromebook just isn't capable of running apps in a VM at any sort of respectable speed.

  21. I can't help thinking that was more in praise of Linux than Chrome OS, which barely got a mention other than as a shell for Linux. As for using Steam for playing old games in Linux, you could instead use the native Stadia for playing the latest games in the cloud, or install GForce NOW for playing most of your existing Steam games in the cloud. Worth looking into if you want to game on your Chromebook. (I've got a 30Mbps connection and games are smooth via wifi.

  22. As a secondary school student, it's amazing for me, it allows me to do stuff quickly and juss get stuff done, and its got good battery, is snappy and is affordable

  23. Ah yes, lets give more power to google and lets allow them to spy on us even more, the irony since I'm commenting in youtube

  24. i did say for a while now that chrome os is the best because it can easily run both android and linux apps

  25. Agreed, chrome OS gets so much bad rap. I think a couple reasons why that is is because power users and gamers hate on it. Also Android has a bad rap because Apple snobs have been bullying people away from Anything non apple.

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