I was just thinking about buying a Chromebook. Better not

I think I need a netbook.

Speaking about Linux on Desktop and Laptop Computers…

Video of Linus Torvalds About Linux on Desktop pc – youtube (new tab).

Well thanks Linus Torvalds for this unwanted advice for me and for all potential chromebook customers.
What now? Probably Lenovo, or something cheaper. Any case the operating system “will be” or “will be replaced with”: Debian.

The problem is:

I spend 1.5 (decimal) hour to go to the office in Amsterdam and the way back.
I would really like to invest this time to do some reading, or managing small things using a vpn, or just check the new email (i receive hundreds email a day) without having to do it with the cell phone, which is very useful but if nobody uses a smartphone or a tablet (excluding momentary fanatisms) on the desk in place of a laptop or a desktop pc there must be some reason.

The first is the poor display: I mean it could have a billion pixels, but who cares? If you have to read on something which is as big as a marlboro pack , who really cares.

Second reason: the phiscal keyboard. You cannot ask me to type for more than few sentences with a touchscreen keyboard, c’mon. It’s a torture even on a tablet. Most of us have probably already found their own way with touchscreens but I want real keys.

For these reasons (and because my Laptop and my Macbook are too big and heavy), I want a netbook, so I can have a physical keyboard, a display with a desktop manager and I can type and read comfortably on the train or in the metro, It’s a little more heavy than a cellphone, it has no mobile connectivity but for this reason the cellphone will be used as hot-spot when in non wifi areas.

The big BUT

But this will never replace a real pc and for this reason it should not require a big expense of money. This is what yuo have to take into account unless you want a very small powerful Ultrabook (this case you have to invest almost three time the price of a normal netbook). Which is a good thing if you want to carry around your own machine and possibly using a docking station you will not notice the difference whit a normal machine when you will be in the office. But this case you will probably replace your working machine.


While writing this post to share my thought, I just realized that I have already a laptop with a docking station from a decent company, Dell, which ,if I’m not wrong, produces net-book as well. In this case I will check first if there is any chance to take advantage of inherited hardware (which is very powerful but difficult to be carried around) and manage to move towards a Net book or Ultra-book, using them with a docking station.


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Author: Giuseppe Urso

Giuseppe lives in Haarlem now with his shiny dog, Filippa In 1982 received his first home computer, a Commodore 64, followed by Datasette and a 1541 Floppy Disk Drive. In 1999 he installed his first Linux distro (LRH6). In 2006 he switched to Debian as favourite OS. Giuseppe Urso actively sustains the Free Software Fundation and his founder Richard Mattew Stallman, he speaks to people trying to convince them to join the fight now, and about how important is to use Free Software only. He has a job as Infra Specialist at Hippo Enterprise Java Cms an Open Source Enterprise class Content Management System, one of the coolest company ever, in Amsterdam. He's always ready to install Debian on other people computers for free.

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