Introducing Chromebooks


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Chromebooks are a faster and fairly inexpensive computer that start up in less than 7 seconds, offer thousands of web-based apps, have built-in virus protection, and can easily synchronization to Google’s cloud and burgeoning services infrastructure. In this webinar:
 Learn Chromebook specifications.
 Understand how to use a Chromebook.
 Discover how to install Linux and dual boot.
 Determine if Chromebooks are a good fit for your library.

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Introducing Chromebooks

  1. 1. Introducing Chromebooks
  2. 2. @cmairn
  3. 3. Agenda: • Learn Chromebook specifications. • Understand how to use a Chromebook. • Discover how to install Linux and dual boot. • Determine if Chromebooks are a good fit for your library.
  4. 4. box • • • • • • • • • • • Intel® Celeron™ processor 4 GB RAM Built-in dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n Gigabit Ethernet 100 GB Google Drive Storage w/ Solid State Drive 6 USB 2.0 ports 2x Display Ports(compatible w/ HDMI, DVI, VGA) DVI-I single link output (compatible with VGA) Bluetooth 3.0™ compatible Kensington™ key lock compatible Keyboard and mouse not included Front Back More info:
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  7. 7. O S … is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work primarily with web applications and consists almost entirely of the Google Chrome web browser. More info at:
  8. 8. Automatic system updates More info:
  9. 9. Web apps vs. Extensions • Web Apps are essentially websites (e.g., Google Docs). • An extension affects something global on your browser (e.g., Google URL shortener). Source:
  10. 10. Tour Want more? Let’s hangout! ctrl + alt + ? = map of keyboard shortcuts.
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  13. 13. Incognito Window More info:
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  15. 15. Dual-booting Linux on a Chromebook Step One: Enable Developer Mode Important: this will wipe your local data, so make sure to back anything up that you don't have stored in the cloud. • Press and hold the Esc and Refresh keys while pressing the Power button to reboot your Chromebook into Recovery Mode. • Recovery Mode pops up — press Ctrl+D (Developer Mode) • It will return to the screen with the red exclamation point. Leave it alone until it reboots into Chrome OS. Note: some older Chromebooks have a physical switch that you'll have to flip in order to turn on Developer Mode More info:
  16. 16. Dual-booting Linux on a Chromebook continued … Step Two: Install Crouton • Download Crouton and save it in your Downloads folder. • Press Ctrl+Alt+T to bring up a terminal on your Chromebook and type shell to enter an Ubuntu shell. • Type sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t xfce to install Crouton. • Enter a username and password for your new Ubuntu installation. • Type sudo startxfce4 to start your desktop environment. • Switch back and forth between Chrome OS and Ubuntu by using Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Back and Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Forward (ARM-based Chromebook) or Ctrl+Alt+Back and Ctrl+Alt+Forward (Intel-based Chromebook). More info:
  17. 17. Linux Chrome OS
  18. 18. Should libraries consider Chromebooks?
  19. 19. Full report:
  20. 20. Silicon Valley Library Lends Google Chromebooks! Source:
  21. 21. Entire White Paper:
  22. 22. Chrome Device Manager More info:
  23. 23. Chromebook Live Demo? Let’s Hangout!
  24. 24. @cmairn
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