Chromebook/CloudReady & Beyond - Boise LUG Meeting November 20th, 2018

These are the meeting presentation notes prepared for our meeting on November 20th, 2018:

Why Build Your Own?

  • Free
  • 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
  • Laptop!
  • Lightweight
  • Faster
  • No Upgrade Nightmares or waiting...
  • I was told to Install Windows 10 or better, so I installed ChromeOS!

Explorer Neverware Website

https://www.neverware.com

CloudEditions & Pricing

Get Started - Get the Free Version

https://www.neverware.com/freedownload Downloads

Windows: Download USB Maker

https://usb-maker-downloads.neverware.com/stable/cloudready-free/cloudready-usb-maker.exe

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8JUOtmImhM

 

Installation:

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)

https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/1080595

https://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chromeos/recovery/linux_recovery.sh

linux_recovery.sh  <= make executable if recovering an existing chromebook.

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ChromeOS (Chromium Developer) (ARM, 64Bit, 32Bit)

Make Use Of: How to Run Google Chrome OS From a USB Drive:

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-google-chrome-os-and-run-on-a-real-computer/

Make Use Of: How to Turn Any PC or Laptop into a Chromebook or Chromebox:

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/diy-chromebook-chromebox/

Download & Install

https://arnoldthebat.co.uk/wordpress/chromium-os/  <==Instructions

https://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/?dir=daily         <==files

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)

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VMWare Image:

https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001615368 Download-CloudReady-Image-for-VMware - 3.7G Zipped Image File

https://www.vmware.com/products/workstation-player/workstation-player-evaluation.html

Procedure:

Log in to the Linux host system with the user name that you plan to use when you run Workstation Player.

Become root.

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.

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Chromebook User Manuals

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3168062/computers/how-to-use-a-chromebook-10-must-know-tips-tricks-and-tools-for-beginners.html

Chrome OS User Guide.pdf
chromebook-guide-students.pdf
Chromebit_CS10_booklet

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ASUS CS-10
ASUS CHROMEBIT SETUP AND REVIEW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C6wf9VcK4Q

Asus Chromebit Review - $85 ChromeOS PC on a HDMI Stick - YouTube, Web, Benchmarks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEJLRNd90_Y

Keyboard/Mouse Options:
Will prompt for Bluetooth Keyboard/Mouse on first use only!!!!

[Chromebit] How to use Keyboard & Mouse in Chromebit?

https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ/1014507/

Demo Device

 

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.

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CloudReady Desktop Hands On Demo
Exploring the Desktop
General Usage

Apps:
VirtualBox (Sparky Linux LXDE Install)
Notepad++ <= on Wine (Windows Environment)
Webstore
Keyboard Shortcut List (control-alt-?)

Chromebit Shell (control-alt-t <= lowercase t)
crosh>
Display commands:
crosh> help or help_advanced
crosh> top (performance/services)
crosh> shell

   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> help_advanced
        crosh> top
        crosh> up/down arrow through commands
   3  https://skycocker.github.io/chromebrew
   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
  32  pwd
  34  cd Downloads
  36  ls -l
  37  ssh tinslecl@172.30.0.137
  38  mkdir BLUG
  39  cd BLUG
  40  scp -r tinslecl@172.30.0.137:~/Documents/BLUG
  41  rsync -av tinslecl@172.30.0.137:~/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.

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Why Not ChromeOS ???
Chrome/Chromium/CloudReady is NOT:

  1. Windows

          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.

  1. Android

          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.

  1. Linux

          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)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af5W8jn7q98

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