Best Buy on eBay had this little 11.6” HP Chromebook – 11a-nb0013dx @ $149 this morning so I ordered it. eBay sites don’t normally charge tax, but guess Best Buy is a big company that Gov’t expects to collect their taxes, so $10.43 tax added in made it $159.43 w/ free shipping. I hate paying taxes! I love free shipping! 😉
Gave up trying to find an 11.6” laptop – that I could afford – ‘n that had a better display than a 1366×768. Was thinking about moving up to another 12.2,” with at least a 1920×1080 display, when I saw the $149 HP being offered. Oh, the new 11.6” test computer also had to have an Intel CPU for my new tests. AMD ‘n MediaTek wouldn’t work. More on my requirements in a moment…
- $153.43 on HP 11.6”
$314.57 on Samsung 12.2”
$209.99 on HP 14”
- Total on 3 new Chromebooks = $677.99
Well, it’s my blog ‘n I don’t mind investing in it. Like to keep tabs tho, and sorta a written record of what costs are for ‘Stuff’.
Want to see where Chromebooks, with Linux added to them, takes me. The first two – 14” HP ‘n 12.2” Samsung Chromebooks – were purchased w/o any knowledge of Chromebooks or if Linux could even be added to them. Got two top notch Chromebooks (IMHO), but was only able to get Fedora Linux installed onto the Samsung 12.2”. Why was that?
- Samsung 12.2” has a Celeron® 3965Y with codename Kaby Lake.
- HP 14” has a Celeron® N4000 with codename Gemini Lake.
What I have learned up to this point in my Chromebooks + Linux tests is that the Crouton & Crostini methods of installing Linux or apps suck.
The Crouton method installs an old “bare-bones” of Ubuntu 16.04, and one of my favorite Open Source apps, GParted, wouldn’t open under the Crostini method.
Enter MrChromebox.tech. With the RW_LEGACY Firmware script I was able to easily install Fedora 33 Cinnamon Spin on the Samsung 12.2” Chromebook.
- The 12.2” Samsung CB is in the Kaby Lake platform/family.
- The 14” HP CB is in the Gemini Lake platform/family.
- The new 11.6” HP CB has a Celeron® N3350 with codename Apollo Lake – i.e. the Apollo Lake platform/family.
Now, if I can install Linux onto an Apollo Lake CB, then I can recommend a good ‘n safe way to install Linux onto a Chromebook. Not guaranteed, but as reliable as I can get it, and with some options.
In the future, as the tests continue, I want to see if I can install CloudReady OS into the Chromebooks’ Chrome OS partition, when that Chromebook reaches its Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date.
These future tests are better done on an inexpensive Chromebook…especially when I get to some newer methods of BIOS flashing.
Will add this post to the Chromebooks page…
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!