Whether it's called Chromixium or Cub, it's worth a look!

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Whether it's called Chromixium or Cub, it's worth a look!

I was originally introduced to Chromixium by Bill, but I only got around to trying it today, installing the current version (1.5) on my Acer. Count me impressed. With a Ubuntu base, it seems to provide the best of Linux and Chrome OS. It's fast and versatile. An extra bonus - great battery life on a laptop when you install TLP. The only downside I could find is that wifi doesn't work out of the box if you have Broadcom; same as Ubuntu.

Chroxium becomes Cub Linux when the next version is released. That is scheduled for early May, after Ubuntu 16.04 is released. The present release is based on Ubuntu 14.04; the new release will be based on 16.04.

Edited by: mfox on 2016-03-20 22:15
ssfc72

Chromixium also will play Flash video. Flash video won't play, when I am using the Mint 17.3 Distro

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Are you still using it, Bill, and do you have it installed on an internal drive? I am very impressed with it so far. While technically it doesn't provide anything that you can't get from Ubuntu, it is organized differently and in a more logical way. Installed Google apps are displayed when you click on the menu icon. Non-Google apps, including those I installed can be started from the openbox right-click menu and once running, they show up on the bottom bar where they can be fixed (along with Google apps). And my special icons for control of online storage synchronization (dropbox and insync) show up at the right side of the bottom bar. It gives me the feel of having Linux and Chrome OS running at the same time, even if it isn't really Chrome OS. And everything I have tried to install so far has been successful; even Acrobat DC running on Play-on-Linux works as well as it does on vanilla Ubuntu.

I'm looking forward to the next version, once 16.04 is released. That should bring with it good updates of current software, including libreOffice (version 5 vs version 4 in the 14.04 repo).

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

ssfc72

I use Chromixium, booting from a usb pendrive, when I want to view a Flash video, that is on the BBC website or the CTV web site.

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Chromixium 1.5 is the last version of Chromixium to be named as such, and it is a long term release. However, there is now a Cub Linux 1.0 RC, and it is based on Ubuntu 15.10. The final version will be LTS and based on Ubuntu 16.04. I am using a live version of this now. The big difference is that the kernel and applications are more recent. On the RC the kernel is 4.2, but I think that the final version will use 4.4. While you can update the kernel in Chromixium 1.5, you can't update the whole distro to the new Cub version, even when the final is released. While I will miss the name, Chromixium, I plan to remove it and install Cub because of the updated software. I haven't decided whether to do this now or wait until the final version is released, but from my use of the live version so far, I haven't yet encountered any bugs. I did encounter a bug in Chromixium; its software center freezes up and is pretty useless. (But Synaptic works fine.)

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

jasonw

Thanks for your comments. I gather that it probably has a more recent version of LibreOffice, too.

This post has been pdated to reflect changes in original post.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

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Fixed; thanks. I'm sure you're right about LibreOffice. Chromixium 1.5 still uses version 4.x, whereas Ubuntu 15.10 (upon which Cub is based) uses 5.0.5.

Incidentally, I discovered something strange in the Google ecosystem while on Cub. You can't open .PPT files stored in Google Drive with Microsoft Powerpoint online, despite the fact that PowerPoint online is an app in the Chrome Store. For some reason, the two just don't link. One can copy a Google Drive file over to OneDrive or Dropbox and open it that way with PowerPoint online, but not directly from Google Drive.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

jasonw

Can't you just download it and open it with whatever you like? I'm guessing that Google Drive expects you're going to edit files in Google Drive. Although if you use another non-Google browser, you might have the option to do something else.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

mfox
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You can't select the Microsoft online apps to just open a file; they don't register as choices unless you have the non-online versions installed as well. If you're already in the online app, you can open files located on OneDrive or Dropbox.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

mfox
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I just registered on the Cub Linux forum site and found out by browsing through postings that the dock is Plank, not XFCE. I assume this applies to Chromixium as well.

One potentially bad piece of news for Chromixium/Cub: Google is planning to remove the Chrome app launcher
http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/22/11287450/chrome-app-launcher-being-rem...

The would potentially affect the desktop of Chromixium/Cub, but the developer things this can still be retained with a minor tweak on his part:
https://cublinux.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=843

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

jasonw

My reading of the Verge article is that the launcher is being removed from Windows, Linux and OS X versions, not Chrome OS. So it wouldn't affect Cub. It says:

An app launcher will remain, however, in Chrome OS, where it's a pretty core part of the interface.

The launcher I've used inside of Windows. It's just a set of icons. It's nothing core. Take it out of Chrome (or Chromium OS) then you're losing the whole point of the OS.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

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