Saturday, April 28, 2018

Installing Crouton Again

Later that same day...

Finally got Crouton installed. Got Java installed. Went off to look for Android Studio...it's not supported on my hardware. Experiment done. 
I don't need the obnoxious beeping and security warnings every time I restart the thing, so back to the stable mode, it is. 


Looking for a usable dev box

So, I've recently purchased a Pixelbook. I know this thing has more than enough power to handle development work, should I desire to install Crouton. However, I do not desire to install Crouton. For this device, I'll wait till I can get Crostini installed and running. 
I also have a fairly beefy home computer, but I share it with my wife and daughter, so using that for dedicated development time is difficult. 
I have some old laptops...don't even go there. They take 10 minutes to boot, and once booted, are incredibly slow. 
I have access to my work laptop, but the fact is that even working from home, I don't really need it, so it annoys me that I have to carry that around with me just to do development work. 
With that said, I am now left with my old Asus C300 Chromebook. It's sitting around, gathering dust, and taking up space. A while back I had Crouton installed, but the security checks every time I booted got on my nerves enough, that I decided to go back to the regular mode and stop running Linux. I honestly don't recall how well that Chromebook did running Linux, so until I figure out something better to do with it, I'll reinstall Crouton on it and see if it's sufficient to do a little casual coding. 

With all of that said, one might wonder why a professional computer geek, like myself, doesn't just go out and buy a shiny new dev laptop all for myself. Well, to be perfectly honest, in addition to the fact that I did just dump a pretty coin on that Pixelbook, if I find myself with an extra $1000 or so, I'd rather do something like buy a new guitar, get a decent amp again, finish out my Iron Maiden vinyl collection in one fell swoop, or maybe even buy an electric lawn mower. It is what it is. I'm a geek when it suits me. Today, I'm not quite enough of a geek, so I'll try to re-purpose this old hardware.