8 posts • joined 5 Jun 2013
I have visited Bletchly twice in the past and found the visits very interesting and evocative of a time that I heard my parents talking about. I was recently asked by a neighbour whether I recommended Bletchley. as a day out? (it is a 400 mile round trip for us.) I was minded to yes, and "can I come too" - but given the bad blood and the seemingly poor value judgements regarding removing valid existing displays (Churchill out, McAfee in), my answer to my neighbour will be, No - and I'm not bothered to come too if you do go.
I agree wholeheartedly about putting Ubuntu on it! I used the 'How to' below on my HP11 and it worked straight out of the box - brilliant!
One thing, I did initially install Ubuntu 13.10 (as per my day-to-day desktop, which I like), but I found the screen sluggish - much slower that the native ChromeOS, so I re-installed with Lubuntu 13.10 and its light weight desktop and it flys. I love it, 6-7hrs battery life, 100% stable and with LibreOffice, Gimp, Thunderbird, UbuntuOne etc it's all good.
Re: I got mine last Christmas @Colonel
I don't disagree with what you are saying, printing is important, and your view "Unless the.... is only a couple of clicks away and doesn't require any technical skills, printing is a big problem because the majority of people do have a problem setting up such complex systems." is certainly valid for many people. My only worry is that you may deter those with some limited technical skills to try the solution I went for. I am not clever enough to write the code and do geeky stuff myself, but I did give the "How to..." a go and followed the very clear step-by-step guide here:
and it worked straight out of the box :-) [the small script just downloads and installs everything automatically - takes ages but I cooked the supper while it was doing it].
There is a choice of 'flavours' of Linux (Ubuntu) and most of the software I mentioned is installed automatically. Installing additional packages from the on-line 'App store' is easier than most Windows installs I have done in the past, so give it a go! And a big 'thank you' to How-to Geek and those that made it possible!
Re: I got mine last Christmas
I too might be in or around the 'senior' end of the spectrum, and I'm sure we all have different printing needs, but for me printing is no problem. Running Crouton/Ubuntu 13.10 and installing UbuntuOne cloud storage (along with Libre Office, Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird etc) I just drop a copy of what I need to print into my UbuntuOne folder and then use my aging Desktop to print.....
I don't need to print much and I don't usually carry around design documents for nuclear submarines, so it all just works fine for me.
It had to happen. Can you imagine a Christmas star pointing North? Where would that have got us wise people to? Lapland? And a whole new meaning to Christmas?
No. It just had to be stopped. :-(
Can't you put something more useful ...
Yes - Ubuntu Linux.
[Writing this on my Chromebook now fully equipped with Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice Gimp etc etc thanks to the clever developer(s) of the 'Crouton' script]
Something I can afford please....
Why cant we have an _affordable_ laptop without the Wndows tax? I am writing this on my recently acquired HP11 Chromebook running Ubuntu 13.10 (+ LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Gimp etc etc) and I LOVE IT!!! (c. 200 UKpds)
A big "Thankyou" to the developer(s) of the Crouton script that I used to install my usual full-fat office apps, but most people I see wandering about dazed and confused in our local 'PC' supermart don't want to (or can't) get to grips with scarey 'developer mode' trickery so their only options are Win8 horribleness, or Mac priceness if they want to run 'real' applications. Surely there is an marketing opportunity here?
.... and Canonical?
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