Now you can get the best of all major computing platforms on a 3rd generation Chromebook. You can run:
- ChromeOS (an enhanced flavor of the Chrome Browser),
- LinuxOS’s (Xubuntu, Ubuntu, Solus and others – by just switching tabs in the Chrome Browser) (uses the “Crouton” environment)
- Android Apps (will run on ANY 3rd gen Chromebook, e.g., Intel or ARM),
- MS-Windows Apps (several methods including VM’s (requires min of 4 GiB of ram). This works but is more challenging than just running Android Apps or Linux . . .
For those adventurous enough to give it a try . . here’s more info from Cameron Summerson at HTG:
HTG on Chromebook Versatility
PS: one of the “really” nice features of ChromeOS (unlike any other OS that I’m aware of) . . . is the ability to EASILY restore a pristine factory setup INCLUDING automagically restoring your personal files (photos, media etc.)!!
App restorations are also simple via the official online repos. (Google or Samsung Store, . . etc.).
Another good read from Chris Hoffman: (lots of $ involved for certain parties . . however, users still allowed to uninstall these apps . . for now)
HTG Article from Chris Hoffman
Good move by Cisco . . and Firefox to enable greater use of the h264 family of codecs:
Link to Register article . .
Google does “excellent” mapping (streetview, crowview, driving GPS) . . . BUT, there are other map applications worth checking out for phone or tablet (ios/android). Some top-end services require annual subscriptions.
MakeTechEasier Review of Mapping Apps
New version of VLC is out . . . Now supports Google’s Chromecast!
VLC Article & New Features
For MS-Windows, pick it up at VLC’s website home . . .
or if on Ubuntu, just get the latest Snap at the official Ubuntu Software repo . . . . (or any Snapcraft store online).
Shell no longer maintained . . . unless it’s forked you might want to consider removing it sooner than later so it doesn’t become a “malware magnet.”
Here’s the link for more info: Class Shell – Status Update
UPDATE . . . Feb 10, 2018 meeting is cancelled. This will now be our March Meeting Agenda.
VLC Article & New Features. Here is the agenda for the meeting at Sump Library in Papillion Saturday February 10, 2018. Upon setup completion, we will start about 0915-0920.
Monthly Tech Update: [Greg]
How to post a graphic image on the OTC website [Greg]
Comfort Zone Break (10 minutes)
How to capture a section or your whole PC screen in MS-Windows [Trudy]
How to research where to find a specific grave [Trudy]
Using the “Ultimate Windows Tweak” tool in MS-Windows [Dennis F]
Intro to the MS-Azure Cloud [Dennis F]
Club Prize Drawing [Trudy & Dennis F]
A handy tool to share your desktops (from phone, tablet or PC) during a club meeting. Link below the graphic explains basic setup. Best to also test on your digital TV at home.
Note that the PC can be a Chromebook or running Windows, Linux, MacOS but does require the Chrome browser on the PC and “Google Home” app on the other devices.
Chromecast Setup Article