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.
So its Saturday. I’d thought I’d have time to do some additional work related stuff and play on my Android-x86 laptop. But alas, because of errands and usual Saturday shtiff, not much time to play. But I did do some stuff: Work had power outage, so was emailing and IM’ing on the Android laptop. Also had to look up some stuff to IM my tech support guy who went on site.
I’ve been really busy, so haven’t had time to keep track of the little I did well. This is basically chronicling my experiment of using Android-x86 on a laptop that used to run Windows XP. Here is a recap of a couple of days combined. 8/5/2014 Checked email, easy to do when brain-dead from a long day. Played Andor’s Trail a little bit. Noticed the cut and paste semantics feel a bit odd, but that’s because keyboard shortcuts are not available.
I have an old Toshiba 32-Bit laptop that had Windows XP on it. And since Windows XP is no longer supported, I decided to put Android-x86 on it. I did this a while back, but haven’t had the chance to play with it much. My plan now is to use it as my main laptop and keep a log of what I do or can’t do on it for the next bit….
So I’ve been itching to see how a ChromeOS device works. I want to see how well a ChromeBook would fill the home computing needs. Since I have this nice Dell Latitude XPS M1530, I thought I’d do some research to see if I could run ChromeOS on it. There is a person, Hexxeh, who provides nightly builds of the open source ChromiumOS project. These can be downloaded as bootable USB flash drive image, VMWare or VirtualBox disk images.