Today I work from Berlin (visiting Daniel Holbach) and took only Chromebook with me to check how bad/good it works as laptop replacement for me.

First issues appeared during first minutes. It was keyboard. Or rather keys which are missing there. XFCE terminal (my main tool) switches between tabs with Ctrl-PgUp/PgDn but I lack those keys. Good that I can edit GTK shortcuts. But remove of them is possible only with Delete key. And guess what — Chromebook lacks it as well ;D So I used some crazy Emacs like shortcuts (Ctrl-LAlt-Shift-something).

Good thing is support for 5GHz WiFi. I have to consider such change at home and provide not only 2.4GHz but also 5GHz network (I have around twenty 802.11g ones at home).

Terrible issue is power plug detection. I took Chromebook from backpack, booted it and got “97% charged, AC connected” message during work on battery. It is serious problem as no one likes to have random shutdowns just because battery went flat.

So there are few things to do:

  • better keymap
  • fixed power state detection

And then I can go to Hong Kong (for Linaro Connect Asia) with Chromebook only.

Spending whole day with just Chromebook

3 thoughts on “Spending whole day with just Chromebook

  • 19th February 2013 at 00:03

    “Terrible issue is power plug detection. “

    CrOS was also affected. After switching to the CrOS beta channel does not saw this issue anymore. Maybe there was a kernel or the firmware bug that already was solved.

  • 10th March 2013 at 23:08

    You can use xmodmap to make a delete button. I have GB-keyboard and use xmodmap -e "keycode 76 = Delete F10 F10 F10 F10 F10" to make F10 (audio button) act primarily as delete. Can be used to make/change any key.

    • 11th March 2013 at 11:00

      Currently I have: ESC, F1, F2, F5, F11, F4, VolumeDown, VolumeUp, PageDown, PageUp, Delete, Power ;D

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