These are the meeting presentation notes prepared for our meeting on November 20th, 2018:
Why Build Your Own?
- Use “Old” Hardware - Something that runs Windows7/8/10 64 Bit
- Limited 32 Bit support for older computers “Certified List”
- Only for older computers and netbooks, as noted on our certified models list.
- Better Storage!
- Use local hard drive for “Downloads” Folder (df -h 451 GB)
- USB Access
- Local Printing
- All available Memory
- CloudReady Installed Apps: VirtualBox OBE (Out of the Box, Ready to use)
- Linux Shell available in cros shell (Not available on Google ChromeOS!)
- Touch Screen Support
- No Upgrade Nightmares or waiting...
- I was told to Install Windows 10 or better, so I installed ChromeOS!
Explorer Neverware Website
CloudEditions & Pricing
Get Started - Get the Free Version
Windows: Download USB Maker
Scroll Down for links to 64 Bit and 32 Bit Installer Binaries
Building the ULTIMATE Chromebook with Cloudready by Neverware and the ASUS Zenbook UX31a
Neverware - 32 bit and 64 bit.
Use CloudReady USB Installer (easiest and fastest but 32 bit Chromium even on 64 bit platforms)
Note: Dual Boot configurations are not supported by CloudReady.
Slideshow Neverware Windows Install.pdf Also on Google Docs/Slides
Process: You start out by downloading the Windows Executable: cloudready-usb-maker.exe The 45 MB Installer needs to run from a location where it can download a 1GB compressed image zip file which then gets extracted to a bin file that is 6.8 GB in size on the local media before it actually gets "installed" onto the target USB Drive, which then you would be able to boot from. The bin file is not structurally an "iso" file.
On Linux, here is the magic command to create the bootable USB drive:
sudo dd bs=4194304 if=cloudready-free-68.4.59-64-bit.bin of=/dev/sdb conv=sync
Recovery (Linux Install Script)
linux_recovery.sh <= make executable if recovering an existing chromebook.
ChromeOS (Chromium Developer) (ARM, 64Bit, 32Bit)
Make Use Of: How to Run Google Chrome OS From a USB Drive:
Make Use Of: How to Turn Any PC or Laptop into a Chromebook or Chromebox:
Download & Install
sudo dd if=Camd64OS-20181117010101.img of=/dev/sdb bs=4M
https://www.balena.io/etcher/ (Etcher Install Windows/Mac/Linux)
http://getchrome.eu/download.php (LiveDVD or USB)
https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001615368 Download-CloudReady-Image-for-VMware - 3.7G Zipped Image File
Log in to the Linux host system with the user name that you plan to use when you run Workstation Player.
For example: su root
The command that you use depends on your Linux distribution and configuration.
Change directories to the directory that contains the Workstation Player installer file.
Run the appropriate Workstation Player installer file for the host system.
For example: sh VMware-Player-e.x.p-xxxx-xxxx.architecture.bundle --[option]
sh VMware-Player-15.0.1-10737736.x86_64.bundle --console
Accept the license agreement.
If you are using the --console option or installing Workstation Player on a host system that does not support the GUI wizard, press Enter to scroll through and read the license agreement or type q to skip to the [yes/no] prompt.
Follow the prompts to finish the installation.
Chromebook User Manuals
Chrome OS User Guide.pdf
ASUS CHROMEBIT SETUP AND REVIEW
Asus Chromebit Review - $85 ChromeOS PC on a HDMI Stick - YouTube, Web, Benchmarks
Will prompt for Bluetooth Keyboard/Mouse on first use only!!!!
[Chromebit] How to use Keyboard & Mouse in Chromebit?
Post Meeting Notes:
I have returned my Chrombit for the following reasons:
1) The 100 GB "free storage" offer has apparently ended.
2) I have tried different keyboard configurations.
The only one that works now is the original one, my "android" keyboard/mouse.
USB Keyboard Mouse/Keyboard would not recognize the mouse
Never got the Bluetooth option to work.
3) Limited amount of apps and no Linux access.
4) Quad Processor Performance was not that robust.
CloudReady Desktop Hands On Demo
Exploring the Desktop
VirtualBox (Sparky Linux LXDE Install)
Notepad++ <= on Wine (Windows Environment)
Keyboard Shortcut List (control-alt-?)
Chromebit Shell (control-alt-t <= lowercase t)
crosh> help or help_advanced
crosh> top (performance/services)
1 ls -l
2 sudo -i
Chrome Shortcut keys cntrl-alt-?
Chomeium OS Shell (cros) cntrl-alt-t (terminal shell in the browser).
Loading extra module: /usr/share/crosh/dev.d/50-crosh.sh
Welcome to crosh, the Chrome OS developer shell.
If you got here by mistake, don't panic! Just close this tab and carry on.
Type 'help' for a list of commands.
If you want to customize the look/behavior, you can use the options page.
Load it by using the Ctrl+Shift+P keyboard shortcut.
crosh> up/down arrow through commands
4 curl -Ls https://raw.github.com/skycocker/chromebrew/master/install.sh | bash
5 crew search ssh
7 crew install openssh
8 crew install vim
30 cd /home/chronos/user/
31 ls -l
34 cd Downloads
36 ls -l
37 ssh firstname.lastname@example.org
38 mkdir BLUG
39 cd BLUG
40 scp -r email@example.com:~/Documents/BLUG
41 rsync -av firstname.lastname@example.org:~/Documents/BLUG .
42 cd /home/chronos/user/Downloads
43 df -h <=display connected storage
44 cp *.pdf /media/removable/USB\ Drive/CloudReady/Manuals/
Of my different evaluations, CloudyReady seems to be the best implementation of the Chromium/ChromeOS operating system.
Why Not ChromeOS ???
Chrome/Chromium/CloudReady is NOT:
There seems to be some wine support in CloudReady with Notepad++
Meeting in AdobeConnect was impossible even though fully supported
In Chrome, it wouldn’t load the Window’s Executable for the meeting.
Reportedly some Chromebooks do support some apps from the PlayStore but not all
ChromeOS appears to be more Linux that Android even though Android has Linux roots.
And there are limits to what you can do.
Chromebrew has to be installed to install Linux packages.
Not all Linux packages are available in Chromebrew.
Service installs/management is another issue
What's New with Chromebooks in 2018, Ron Brown, APCUG VTC 8-18-18
APCUG Video Resistance is Futile (1 hour video)
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