Category Archives: Chromebooks

My New Favorite Computer for $180??? Thanks Linux!


Sometimes you happen upon something so cool, you just gotta share it with the world. That moment came today when I turned my Chromebook into my new favorite system (of many!). Here is the step by step how I used Linux to create this awesome laptop.

Step 1: Purchased a new HP Chromebook from The exact system I got is actually a little cheaper today! HP Chromebook 11 G5, 11.6″, Celeron, 4GB, 16GB, X9U02UT. I picked this system because of the price/hardware ratio. The one little issue is that you have to perform an additional step of changing the firmware, but I think it was well worth it. 

Step 2: I popped the Chromebook into Developer Mode and changed the firmware to allow the installation of a new Operating System using the detailed and clear instructions here: . Notice that I decided on the GalliumOS version of Linux since it is optimized for the Chromebook and the reviews of this product have been excellent. I am so impressed I am donating after I post this!

Step 3: I downloaded GalliumOS to a thumb drive. Notice that I decided to completely get rid of ChromeOS on the device. For me – it was Linux or bust. I do wish I had created a recovery drive before I moved forward so I could have put ChromeOS back in the event I was not happy, but as it turned out – I am not going back after all. 😋 The instructions for this step are here:

Step 4: I followed these instructions for creating the bootable thumb drive for the installation.

Should you have any questions on this, I would love to help in the comments area below.

The Great Chromebook Experiment – Part 2

Yes – I am composing this post on the new Chromebook. I must say – I LOVE THIS MACHINE.

The first big test that this machine passed was…what about running two apps that I desperately need – Microsoft Word and my online poker software. For the first challenge – MS Word – I utilized the online version available with my Microsoft OneDrive account. Worked like a champ in the Google Chrome on the Chromebook.

For the second challenge, the online poker software, I called upon the Google Chrome Remote Desktop app. This also worked like a charm, allowing me to access the home PC and run the software from that machine while accessing it seamlessly in the Chrome browser on the Chromebook.


Some other things I loved about the Chromebook from initial usage:

  • Battery life – as advertised – it is excellent
  • The overall size and feel
  • The amazing boot and shutdown times
  • The overall simplicity of the OS

For the next big test, I will see how well I can function with this machine OFFLINE. Several of you have asked about this and I have yet to do any testing with it.