[clug] Portable computing options?

miloska miloska at gmail.com
Sun Nov 17 23:06:21 MST 2013


It does not have bash, but has SSH, so you can have bash on a remote
machine (such as cheap VM or a RPi in the closet).

If you are not happy with the OS most/all of them can be installed Ubuntu
on them.

On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 3:48 PM, Ben Davies <bdcrux at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I thought I'd throw this rambling post out to the linux list & see
> what might be unearthed.
> Having returned a *third* defective Asus transformer, I'm back to
> hunting around portable computing options for a more suitable (and
> reliable) system. I'm close to ruling out (non-rooted) Android for a
> few reasons (although I've not tried any open source variants). For
> the most part, several things I tried (beyond fairly basic tasks such
> as reading PDFs, watching video, some web browsing, tapping out notes
> or a quick email etc) were frustrating or involved faffing about. I
> also don't like the idea of having a shared device linked to a single
> google account, and needing that to access app repositories.
> I was thinking of things we'd (it'll be shared between 2 people) need
> to use it for (beyond being a video player and PDF reader), and
> thought of: a travel laptop, something to handle some digital
> photography while travelling (backups, moderate editing), a media
> player for the TV, and have useful utils like a bash command line, SSH
> and so forth. All this is pointing toward a "better" solution being to
> try an ultrabook/subnotebook (whatever the lingo is these days), or a
> Macbook air.
> Has anyone else gone through the tablet+keyboard vs slim laptop
> experience & have any thoughts to share?
> [I gather some here have installed a GNU linux distro on a slim
> laptop, although my partner is a mac user & likes that as "middle
> ground" :-) ]
> cheers,
> Ben
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