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

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mfox
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No, it will affect Cub, which is a Linux distro. Read the second link in my message.

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

Oops. For a second there, I actually forgot that Cub is a Linux distro. I was confusing it with the open-source Chromium OS project. Cub is more of a look-a-like. I had forgotten that. I'm sure they can work around it.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

mfox
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It is a Chrome look-alike, but a very well done one in my opinion, with some distinct advantages over Ubuntu, Chrome OS and other Linux distros that feature online apps (like Peppermint). It's fast, energy-efficient, and combines the desktop aspects of Plank and openbox in a way that makes both online and installed apps equally accessible. It has a lot of potential, and I am now participating in their forums to learn more about it. I do wish they could have kept the name, Chromixium, and one of the forum questions I posted is how I can retain the splash screen from the former. I'm actually thinking now of doing something very short with Cub/Chromixium during my Remix presentation because they have something in common in the way the desktop is set up. If only Cub could find a way to incorporate the Google Play Store .....

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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One bad thing I just discovered is that it appears to be a one-person show, as indicated by "richjack" being listed as the only member of the administrative team. He (I think it's he) is from the Isle of Man and according to a recent post, has a full time job and family. Yet he answers every post! I hope he gets a team together soon or he'll burn out.

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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OK, here is another reason why you might want to install Cub Linux: you can run Google Play Store apps on it. I posted this as a feature request in the Cub forums:
https://cublinux.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=57&p=1975#p1975

Here are the instructions (credit: javguar)
1) Install ARC Welder and download your APK files from your phone:
1.a) ARC Welder: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... ngdoccbadn
1.b) APK Extractor: Android Assistance -> Backup (https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... essmanager), or AirDroid: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... d.airdroid
2) Launch ARC Welder and choose the “Add your APK” option and select your APK.
3) Choose the Download ZIP option.
4) Unzip the file you just created to a folder.
5) Open the Chrome web browser and then Setting -> Extensions
6) Check the box that says Developer mode.
7) Click the button that says “Load unpacked extension” and select the folder where you just unzipped your file.
8) Repeat this steps for all Apps you want to install.

I'll have to try this out before our regular meeting. If it works, I will definitely want to incorporate Cub Linux in my presentation! Too bad I didn't know about this last night; I would have asked Jason or Bob to try this at the PLUG MUG.

Incidentally I realized that javguar, the person who supplied the answer, has answered a lot of the questions posted on the forum. So he is either one of the devs for the distro, or a rather experienced Linux user who is interested enough in Cub to take on this role. And there are two other individuals on the forum who have answered more questions than javguar. This gives me hope that Cub isn't there totally through the effort of one individual. But to give you an idea of the ratio of helpers to helpees, my spree of forum posts yesterday ranked me 16 in number of posts. There are 242 registered forum members at present. It's amazing how much help a few dedicated individuals can be to neophyte (and even less-than-neophyte) Linux users.

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

Interesting. I received your email, too. Does this mean that this exercise worked or just that Cub is good enough even without Google Play to add to the billing?

And yes, it amazes me in forums everywhere how there are always some people willing to help so many users. Reminds me about what Churchill said about so much being owed to so few.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

mfox
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Haven't tried it yet, but I am assuming that getting the Google Play Store working on Cub is possible, whether I can figure out how or not. It does look pretty straightforward. In any event, the potential to run Linux apps, Chrome online apps and Google Play Store apps on one distro is fabulous.

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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One piece of information I read on the web suggests that not all Android apps work by being sideloaded this way, and also that the Chrome launcher can only hold one of these Android apps at a time (though any other can be quickly prepared through ARC Welder. If this is the case, then the best strategy for having a Linux, Chromebook and Android setup running all at the same time would probably be to use Cub Linux and run Remix OS on it through VirtualBox. I would like to try this on my Acer, but I don't think I have enough space on my drive for a Remix virtual machine without totally reconfiguring the 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

I would expect that - that not all apps are going to work. For one thing, many apps are touch-specific. They either don't work very well with a mouse or have limited functionality. But also, I'm sure it depends in large part on that compatibility libraries. The only way to guarantee all apps will run is to use a full-blown android virtual machine. That takes about 8 GB on a PC, not really a suitable solution. Arc Welder should get us there, though since it's a Google project.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

mfox
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Now that I have a 240 GB SSD in my Acer "test machine", I'm going to install Cub RC alongside of its older cousin, Chromixium. I'm then going to try transplanting my /home folder from Chromixium into Cub. Assuming it works ok, I'll blow away the Chromixium partition. One interesting thing - I already put Cub on a live USB and tried it on my Dell. Unlike Ubuntu, both sound and the sound controls work OK. That baffles me since Cub is basically Ubuntu 16.04 + the Chrome customizations.

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

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