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Old Soul last won the day on December 28 2016

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  1. Old Soul

    what ever happened to hippytaff?

    Greetings, Happy New Year. Old Soul here. Still kicking and Alive. Still trying to figure out how to install Bodhi in Crouton on a Chromebook R11. Haven't succeeded yet. But have learned a ton about Linux in general in the process. I still prefer the look and feel of Bodhi over all the others. Hoping at one point it will get ported over to Crouton, or that Chromebook will mature to something that will run Bodhi. Other than that, just getting older and walking forward. My best to all.
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    Bodhi Moksha into an Acer R11 Chromebook

    Well, I have a website hosting account - have had for years - for 4 websites I maintain. The host provides for the free installation of WordPress... as well as free support, etc. I installed WordPress, without using the WordPress hosting service, and have never had any problems. And WordPress is about as easy and intuitive as any I've tried. There are so many free, customizable themes you never have to look like anyone else's site. And with some reading and playing you can do just about anything imaginable.
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    Bodhi Moksha into an Acer R11 Chromebook

    Thanks GrayWizard... I'm hesitant to claim knowing much when it comes to Linux ;-) But I had read through many of those articles getting Crouton figured out, and figuring out the idiosyncrasies of the Chromebook. That is how I got the Linux dual boot setup I'm using now. Chromebooks sometimes have hardware and BIOS issues that can be unique to their sound cards, video cards, and touchpad / touchscreen hardware. A common problem when I first installed Linux into my older Chromebook was that it would periodically update itself, or encourage me to update it through Synaptic or Ubuntu interfaces, whereupon the touchpad would quit working unexpectedly. There were other glitches and unexpected problems, so periodically it was necessary - generally not at a convenient time - to install Linux from scratch to get it working again. Then I saw where Jeff had put together a special limited install, with limited updates, to put Bodhi Linux into the specific machine I was running. It put in, or preserved, the hardware drivers specific to the Acer Chromebook C720. That did away with the periodic glitches and need to reinstall Linux. And when I started using Bodhi I was totally captivated by how elegant, and lean it was. When Moksha came along it pushed me to try to learn more about Enlightenment, and continue my education. Some things became clearer but at the same time it added to me reading stack... stuff I need to read when I get time. The new R11 multi-mode Acer Chromebook with its laptop, presentation, tablet and tent modes caught my attention. I waited several months on the teasers hoping it would be released soon. And when I wasn't watching it anymore it was released. And it was released through an unlikely first release source bundled with some extras, and marked down to a very low price. I picked up one knowing I had three months to send it back if it wasn't what I wanted. Chromebooks work well all on their own. But sometimes I need some heavyweight Office software and I tired of the expense and endless patches/updates, and changes from MS Office - not to mention the cost. After working with Libre Office for a while I found a package that was every bit as capable as MS Office but it was open source. The same has been true for photography software and website creation / maintenance software. It's all there with Linux, free and stable. A Dual boot Chromebook with Linux in it gives me everything for about $250 - $300. Can't beat that. So then it boils down to user preference. I like Bodhi and I have found Moksha to be a logical outcome of Enlightenment. But then again, as I mentioned earlier, I don't know much about any of them. My reading pile reaches toward the ceiling. :-) So until I get through the reading pile I have been hoping for a lazy way to put Bodhi into my R11... which would be the Crouton approach peculiar to Bodhi and Moksha, or a special install somehow of Bodhi into the R11 like for the C720 would solve the problem. I think the fastest way to do that would be to buy some R11's and spread a few around the Bodhi gang. But alas, I'm broke so I can't do that. But I can't complain while I wait for Bodhi to make its way to the R11... Trusty Plasma KDE has been totally stable and it works well on the R11 aside from some of the Tablet setup. The touchscreen features work well, the laptop mode works flawlessly, and I can update it with Synaptic to my heart's content and it never locks up, loses the keyboard, or has any other annoyances. So I will remain patient. Meanwhile I will read the forums, contribute when I can, and oh yes... there's that stack of reading I've got to get to. Thanks for the feedback, and enjoy what's left of winter.
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    Bodhi Moksha into an Acer R11 Chromebook

    The R11 is a great Chromebook. Unfortunately the most straight forward way to add a Linux operating system is using Crouton and dual booting. At least for now. The R11 has enough driver peculiarities with its multi-mode tablet, tent, presentation and tablet capabilities, along with its 10 point screen touch resolution that it seems unnecessary to try to replicate these drivers in Linux if they are not readily available already. I believe the R11 would be a great testing and development platform for Bodhi and Moksha simply because it has been an incredibly stable and responsive device. I say this after using my first Acer Chromebook for a couple of years with a great user experience. The R11 is better, mainly because of its display and keyboard. Until a Crouton install is available, or perhaps a better solution presents itself, the R11 works great with Trusty Plasma KDE, the latest version. Quick, easy, and solid. No glitches or bugs. I will continue watching the Forums here to see if and when Bodhi and Moksha become available for the R11 with a Crouton load. Bodhi is still the best distro.
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    Bodhi Moksha into an Acer R11 Chromebook

    The R11 is great. I've had it since Christmas and I love it. Linux is super stable in it. Wish I could get a Crouton install of Bodhi Moksha. Right now I'm running Trusty with KDE Plasma. Not nearly as nice as Bodhi but the R11 handles it fine. -carl-
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    Bodhi Moksha into an Acer R11 Chromebook

    I've been playing with the new R11 Acer Chromebook, trying to figure out how to get Bodhi and Moksha to run in Crouton. I did whatever I could with XFCE4 on top of Ubuntu 14.04 but XFCE4 was difficult to play with under the hood. An example I saw right off the bat is that it wouldn't even allow me to change the desktop wallpaper because of permissions issues. I love learning, but it seems a simpler approach might be a more direct path. So I tried again. This time putting KDE on top of 14.04. As you know that desktop is an entirely different approach, but I was able to quickly load it and get LibreOffice and a few other essentials into it. It is much more behaved and easier to tweak. So far I have found a menu that would allow the input of additional scripts and desktop configurations in the settings option - but I am not sophisticated enough yet to write such a script to see what happens. As for the Acer R11 Chromebook having multi-modes including a tablet configuration that by Chrome turns off the keyboard I have found that both XFCE4 and KDE, using the touch screen install, permit the R11's touch screen to perform well along with its trackpad, but the tablet mode of the R11 doesn't seem to be supported as such. Not a big deal, but interesting. This is the reason it makes sense to stay with the Crouton approach. When using Crouton to install either XFCE4 or KDE the installation process got only so far and then hung. I had to power off the computer and start it again, entering into the Crouton Sudo StartKDE to a screen that said the install wasn't complete and did I want to complete it. I said yes and it finished out well, came up to the enter username and password lines... and away it went. XFCE4 had troubles when I was using the Chrome OS and it timed out and went to sleep... waking it and going back to XFCE4 took me to a black screen where Linux had locked up. Powering it up again got everything going, but it was an annoyance. I turned off the power management in XFCE4 but that did not fix the problem since it seems that the Chrome OS power management was the culprit. I have not had these troubles so far in KDE... it seems to be better suited to the R11. What would really be great, but probably not an easy task, is to have Crouton setup to install Trusty with it's -r toggle and then use the -t toggle with "touch,bodhi" instead of "touch,kde". Then it would just be a matter of typing SUDO StartBodhi and it would fire off. Sounds easy enough but I'm sure the devil is in the details. Still learning... any ideas or suggestions... or even questions if what I can dig up will help someone figure out how to make Bodhi work with Crouton are more than welcome. Thanks.
  7. Old Soul

    Bodhi Moksha into an Acer R11 Chromebook

    My latest update: I do not believe the R11 has SeaBIOS in it. I used the instructions from Chrome developer mode to be able to use Ctrl L to start the Legacy Mode from the start up window, but when I hit CTRL L all I get is two beeps. I tried it twice to be certain there were no typos. So I guess for now I will circle back and see if I can find a way to boot Bodhi Moksha with Crouton... or maybe see if XFCE will support the thumb drive to play with Bodhi? I'm definitely in over my head. But I will say that I am increasingly finding the Acer R11 to be a nice machine. Oh, and it has been running Ubuntu 14.04 with XFCE4 fine (once I removed the power management module from its auto-start configuration in XFCE4).
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    Bodhi Moksha into an Acer R11 Chromebook

    Thank you GrayWizard. It is fun to learn a new machine. So I have made great progress but I need to get over a hurdle. I managed after a few attempts to get the "right" iteration of Ubuntu in a dual boot setup using crouton. I now have Trusty Ubuntu V 14.04 with XFCE 4.01. With that setup I followed the instructions from Bodhi to setup the Bodhi repositories, install Bodhi Moksha, and then log out of the XFCE desktop and log into Moksha. The trouble is that when I log out of the XFCE desktop it takes me back to the Crouton shell window where I have to type StartXFCE4 to get linux going again. There is no neat logout login screen like I was hoping for. Bodhi Enlightenment with Moksha all installed properly. I just need to know how, from XFCE, to invoke the Moksha desktop. Getting Close...
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    Bodhi Moksha into an Acer R11 Chromebook

    The Recovery Image went online today. I've created a recovery disk and so far I've put the R11 into Developer mode and used Crouton to install Linux (Ubuntu). I haven't yet made an effort to see if it has SeaBIOS in it or not. The Crouton installation using a basic KDE Desktop seems to work with the keyboard, touchpad, and touchscreen... which is encouraging. It does not support the tablet mode of the R11 in that the keyboard is not disabled nor is the screen flipped like in the Chrome OS. Now I've got to do some reading and figure out how to put the Bodhi repositories in it along with the Moksha Desktop. Then I will continue to download the applications I want.
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    Bodhi Moksha into an Acer R11 Chromebook

    Here's an Update. I have the Acer R11. Unfortunately Google forgot to put the image up on their Recover application so I could not burn a recovery thumb drive image. Without that I'm afraid to go too far into developer mode. I did try the three button kick to pull up the recovery screen, and it appears the same as what I've seen on the old Acer Chromebook. I can't tell if it has SeaBios installed yet, but it looks promising. To anyone considering the R11 I can say so far that it is a nice machine. I do not like the trackpad touchpad on it, it is not as responsive as it should be. However in the Chrome OS the touchpad on the old machine isn't too good either. When I switched to the Bodhi Chromebook installation the trackpad performed much better, so I'm spoiled. I suspect with the R11's mutli-mode feature of touchscreen with the tent, presentation and tablet modes I'm guessing there are some drivers needed that probably aren't in the old Chromebook image. Therefore I should probably try to use Crouton or some such, install a lightweight version of Ubuntu, and then put Moksha on top of that. I'll keep you posted. Google says it may be a few days before they get the recovery issue resolved.
  11. Old Soul

    Bodhi Moksha into an Acer R11 Chromebook

    Ok Thanks. I will keep you posted with what I figure out. Probably be a fun project over the Christmas break.
  12. The Acer R11 has been released. I hope mine arrives in a few days. It uses a 32 bit Intel chip and a touchscreen. Supposed to be a full flip tablet or laptop configuration. Not sure if it uses SeaBios or not... guess I'll find out. My question is can I just load Bodhi Moksha into it the same way as I did this old Acer Chromebook? Is there any way to dual boot using something like CROSH? Anything I should watch out for? Thanks in advance. Should be a fun adventure. Oh, and Happy Holidays to everyone.
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    Google Ending 32-bit Chrome Support

    Yes, I backup everything important to a flash drive and a cloud drive. Much of my Chromebook work is shared anyway. Last night I reinstalled Bodhi 3.1 in a couple of hours, and loaded in all the extra stuff I like. Generally with a 32 GB Chromebook after a fresh install of Bodhi, Libre Office, and all my cloud based sync work files, I use about 33% of what is available. Of course a Bodhi install on a Chromebook doesn't co-reside with Chrome OS, it just wipes out Chrome and replaces it with Bodhi on top of the Chromebook Bios. I haven't yet figured out a dual-boot install to leave Chrome OS in with Bodhi, although with other Distros I was able to do that. Then I could flop between the two and have Chrome. But that wasn't always the best. Bodhi is much more responsive and it can do anything Chrome OS can do, better. It looks prettier too (ha). I started this adventure when MS quit supporting Windows XP. I still have to use Windows at work for some stuff, and I have to keep my kids computers and iPhones / iPods working, but I can see the day when we don't have to spend over $300 or so to get a computer up and online. I almost ordered the Windows based Acer R11 Flip yesterday when I saw it selling for under $300 but I read it was heavy because of the extra stuff needed for Windows. I'm hoping it's half a pound lighter in its Chromebook version. But then again so far the reviews on it have been underwhelming. Besides, why waste money if I don't have to? I'm still confused with my two year old Chromebook. I have so much to learn.
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    Google Ending 32-bit Chrome Support

    Will one of the newer Chromebooks with an Intel Processor accept the 64 bit version of Bodhi okay? Or does that leave too many tag along programs out in the cold? I have been considering purchasing a newer Chromebook in the next several months. I use Chrome extensively... although maybe the solution is to let Chrome go the way of the other old standard software operating systems and switch to some accepted alternative.
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    Safety Double Check for Power Off

    One last note... and this will make you smile: the Power Button now pulls up a "safety screen" to verify what you want it to do. Be careful what you ask for....