I’ve had the Pixel for a few months now. The most surprising thing that I’ve realised is how much time I have been using this without modifications. In the first month, I immediately dropped into devmode, installed Gentoo, Debian and my own builds of ChromiumOS.
In the end, I decided to use the Pixel with devmode off, while I sacrifice shell access to the local filesystem, the extra security of the verified boot is nice. This isn’t that restrictive for me because the crosh shell (ctrl+alt+t) has a ssh client which is enough for me to do my “real” computing on a server somewhere else.
When at home, I have a server at home, at work I have a small cloud and workstation to connect to. But sometimes, I wonder if I really can get away from these support servers and make the most of the ChromeBook environment.
I don’t care about picture or video editing. There are some HTML5 games too. What will matter to me most is an IDE and collaboration tools (groupware). I’ll save groupware for later.
Introducing Nitrous.IO. This is going to be one of those multi-page blogs.
I haven’t had a commercially backed Linux device that I’ve been excited to use as much as my Pixel.
One of the things that brightened my day today was the realisation that Chromebooks support Linux filesystems for SDCards and other removable media.
This opens up a lot of Pi hackery possibilities.
Yea, I’m one of those people now.