So a friend gave me a NuVision tm800w560l tablet running Windows 10. Honestly I tried to use it, but it was a joke. From the start with it not connecting to WiFi because Windows 10 wanted uppercase alpha characters even though every other Linux, Android, Mac OS X or iOS device works with lower case. To the fact that the on screen keyboard would hide where I was typing. To the periodic hick-ups.
I’ve taken quite a liking to Manjaro. All the random tasks I’ve used it for have turned out extremely well. Enough so that I want to go beyond those very directed needs and do a general review. And I’ll start out by installing Manjaro on my IBM/Lenovo T42. Which is a little late since they just announced deprecating 32-bit / i686 support. So, since I did all this work over a few months, I figure I might as well put out this post.
Linux “distros” are many. Linux is awesome that way: scratch an itch, climb that mountain, being as satisfied as a cat. I encourage folks to explore. Head over to Distro Watch to start exploring. But what makes one stick to a distro? Its a very personal thing. This is the Internet, so I’m shouting out what’s important to me. :-) A bit of history first. I started in 1997 with Red Hat, moved to Gentoo to learn nuts and bolts, then ended up using Kubuntu because I liked things “that just worked”.
I like the idea of Chrome Apps. It is (was?) a great idea; write one app and it will run on Linux, Chrome OS, Mac and Windows (yeah, the order is telling). It’s a shame Google has announced it will stop supporting Chrome Apps on Linux, Mac and Windows. So initially this started out as a log of my adventure of making a Chrome App on Chrome OS (well a Chromium OS distro called CloudReady).
Hello again, back at my distro hopping. Well, not really, the main machines (desktop and laptop) are still Kubuntu. But if there were a distro to switch to, it might be antergos Linux. At least at first “blush”. Wow, easy install, easy setup, easy updates. And it feels snappy… More details to come. For now, the machine is a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4254: Intel Dual Core T2050 / 1.6 GHz, 3GB RAM, 7200RPM SATA hard drive.
This is getting to be really late. I forgot to post it, and have since moved on to testing Antergos Linux. Anyways, here is an “almost too old to post to post”… I’ve been using CloudReady on an off on this laptop for a while now. Everything works pretty swimmingly. If you’re into the whole Google ecosystem, then using CloudReady should be pretty seamless. I’ve seen many reviews with agendas, either their own or someone else’s.
Back to blogging a bit because I’m recovering from some surgery. Nothing major. Its only been almost a year and half since my last blogging. :-) So last time I blogged I used my Toshiba Satellite A105-S4254 laptop to test out Android-x86. A fun experiment, and proved to myself that Android can be used as a desktop if you don’t need sophisticated content creation. Since then I used this laptop to create my own “DIY Chromebook” using Ubuntu.
Finishing up my chronicling of using an old laptop that is now running Android-x86. It was running Windows XP. And I hate to throw away useful hardware, but also don’t want to use an out-of-date insecure operating system. Where we last left off was a bit of a hiccup in things. Nothing major, but things were unstable when I had two Google accounts configured at the same time. After I removed the extra account, things have been running smoothly for a while.
Most of my posts on the topic of running Android-x86 on my old former Windows XP laptop have been positive. And I’d say I’m still positive in general. Some bad news though is that a bunch of updates for Apps came down and now things are blowing up when I have more then one Google account setup. It took some efforts in trouble shooting and a few reloads in various ways.
Okay, a busy weekend, so I haven’t had time to do much. Sunday was disc (ultimate frisbee-ish), and a bit of work. So no time to do anything on this Android-x86 laptop. And yesterday, Monday, all I really had time to do was update to Android-x86’s first 4.4 release. There isn’t any OTA updates, but you can still download the ISO, boot to it, and perform an upgrade just like OTA update.