As I mentioned a while back that I was experimenting with using a Chromebook, I decide to see how far I could take it. On my recent trip to the UK, I only took my Acer C720 with me. During the trip, I used it for things like uploading photos I took, Skype to chat with the family, checking email and news, and remote access while in the hotel room.
This worked out pretty well, to the point where I am trying to use it or my HP Chromebook 11 G1 full time. While I can get lots of things done in a browser now days, there are some things I find my self sshing back to another box to do. So, I decided to see if I could do that on the Chromebooks.
The ‘normal’ way is to install Linux into a chroot using something call Courton. I have done that in the past, but the work flow is not something I can adapt to easily as it involves more than a simple key combo to switch between.
I found a project called “Chromebrew” in the vein of “Homebrew” for MacOS. Setup is pretty simple as I had turned on Developers mode on my boxes a long time ago, so it was a matter of downloading a script, reading it, and then running it.
From there, I used the crew command to install some basic tools (git, vim, & python), and I can now do 90% or more of my day-to-day work on the Chromebooks.
The only thing that I have not figured out yet is a decent VPN solution, but I am working on that.
I suppose at some point, I will upgrade one of the Chromebooks to one of the newer generation which can run Android apps as well.