I decided to try out the arm chromebook. It’s inexpensive and light and has reasonable battery life. With Crouton, I can have a reasonably complete Linux install running on it without too much trouble. Keyboard isn’t great but is usable so far. I’ll see how I feel in a month or so.

Michael K Johnson May 30, 2013 05:58

And… The trackpad seems to have died already. Was working last night. This morning it is, well, not tracking. Some sporadic mouse movement, most of which is horizontal and very little of which is vertical. A full power cycle doesn’t help. Not an encouraging sign.

Michael K Johnson May 30, 2013 06:25

Two quick power cycles didn’t fix it, but powering off for about half an hour did work around the issue. Will be interesting to see if it recurs.

Michael K Johnson May 30, 2013 06:41

When I changed to developer mode, it remembered that I prefer 24 hour time, but not that I am in the US/Eastern time zone. Why is time zone an “advanced” setting, anyway?

Michael K Johnson May 30, 2013 09:02

The native screen locking fights with the xscreensaver locking in the crouton chroot, which makes things interesting when resuming.

Michael K Johnson May 30, 2013 10:54

First unlocking xscreensaver, then unlocking the native screensaver works fine.

Michael K Johnson May 30, 2013 20:21

It has hung a few times on reset and required rebooting via holding down the power button for 10 seconds. Sounds like there might be more than one resume bug (beyond one I saw reported as fixed last year).

Mark Trompell May 31, 2013 07:27

how far is your foresight port for it?

Michael K Johnson May 31, 2013 08:17

0.00% complete, though I sure miss conary and system model…

Michael K Johnson June 01, 2013 21:24


TL;DR - the only way to type “special” characters, such as characters with diacritics, is the AltGr methods. All the code tables are present for the much more useful compose key method, but the compose key has not been enabled in any of the keyboards.


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