Chromebox and Linux

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by Brownout, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. Brownout

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    I finally converted my Chromebox to Linux. I've wanted a small computer running Linux that I can take with me when I'm working away from home (like I'm doing now) And I wanted some decent processing horsepower, not a pi or any of the lessor systems. I looked over a number of computer systems, SBC's and etc. I gave alot of consideration to the mini-itx computers. But then I found out about how to convert the Chromebox to suit my purpose.

    This is a wonderful little computer. It has a dual core Celeron processor, 4GB of ram, HDMI, display, ethernet (both wired and wireless) and copious USB ports. The instructions I used are here:

    http://dak1n1.com/blog/20-asus-chromebox-fedora-20-install/

    and here:

    http://blog.rickk.com/tech/2015/01/using-a-chromebox-as-a-linux-server.html

    Of course, things didn't go exactly to plan, but after a couple hours, I had a small, power stingy linux machine up and running. Time to find some free, open source video server software.
     
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  3. joeyd999

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    Congrats. My first Linux "mini" was an Acer Aspire One that I set up on Ubuntu many years ago. Got a lot of mileage out of it.
     
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  5. shteii01

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    Got acer aspire one at a pawn shop. I boot Linux Mint from CF card reader connected to USB, store stuff on sd card since aspire one has build in sd card reader.
     
  6. joeyd999

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    Actually the Aspire One has 2 SD card slots...but I was only ever able to get one of them to work. Something about non-standard hardware on the 'expansion' slot (I think it was for additional space for Windows IIRC). It may have been fixed since.
     
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