In my spare time, I’ve been working on Go-SDL2 and Camlistore. I’m usually not sitting in front of my home desktop, so I want to be able to code anywhere. My battle-worn MacBook Pro could do the job, but it’s heavy, bulky, and aging.
To fix this, I bought the HP Chromebook 11. The display is nice, the price is great, and the keyboard is comfortable. It accepts a microUSB charge, so I don’t even have to worry about packing an extra charger. The bummer is development: good luck trying to run anything besides JSFiddle.
For a while, I was using SSH into my desktop to code. Most of the time this works. The problem was me: some days I would forget to turn on my desktop, other days I left it in Windows, and every day I gritted my teeth if I was coding graphics. I fantasized about a machine that booted quickly and had all the programs I needed.
Turns out, the answer was right in front of me: the Chromebook.
Recipe for Success!
- Buy the Chromebook
- Enable developer mode
- Install Secure Shell and set up with Crosh
- Harden your install
- Download and run Crouton
- Install X11 and xmonad
Total Cost: $279 + half a day’s worth of work.
Over the next few days, I’ll go into more detail on these steps.