So over the last couple of days I have been using and tweaking the UI of my Chromebook’s Linux partition. A couple of things about the Linux version that I am using that I didn’t know before. It seems as though the linux side of the laptop is sharing the home directory of the ChromeOS side of the laptop. When you download things on either ChromeOS or XFCE Linux they both end up in the same downloads folder. Strange?? It actually turns out to be very handy when you need something on both OS’s. Background’s for instance.
I also added a GUI tool known as Conky. Download Here! Screen Shot below. It is a handy little tool that shows you some useful information about your system. I have tweaked the config for Conky to my liking. Specifically I added more TOP lines at the bottom of the app. I will make a separate post about this a little later. For those who don’t know TOP is a command line utility for viewing things that are running on your machine. Learn how to use TOP here!
Download my edited Conky config file here!
I have been using my Chromebook w/ Linux for about a week now. The first thing I would like to say is how fast it is. Linux on this Chromebook Flys! Mostly due to the fact that the Chromebook that I picked comes with an SSD. There isn’t a lot of internal storage but when you just need to edit something really quick with a real word processor, I use Libre
Office download it here, it is great. Libre Office opens in less than 3 seconds. I dare you to try and get Microsoft Word to open that fast! Ha! We browsing on linux is also very fast. I don’t know why but sometimes websites load faster on the linux side as well. Strange??
Keep Checking back for more to come!
- [Linux] Conky is a customizable, feature-filled system monitor (dottech.org)
- New Chromebooks coming this year from Asus and Acer, report suggests (pcworld.com)
- Living With a Chromebook: Can You Live With Just a Chrome Browser? (howtogeek.com)
- How to Install Ubuntu Linux on Your Chromebook with Crouton (howtogeek.com)
- Linux Anyone? (chromebookparadise.wordpress.com)