The Google Cr-48 “Mario” Chrome OS Notebook

How much Linux do you get with Chrome OS?

Daniel Bartholomew works for Monty Program ( as a technical writer and system administrator. He lives with his wife and children in North Carolina and often can be found hanging out on both #linuxjournal and #maria on Freenode IRC.



Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Good with some hacks

Anonymous's picture

Good review of the laptop. I also have one, but I manage to get by with it as my primary laptop (outside of work where we use Windows).

Tood Vierling wrote a nice piece about how to add more functionality to the shell (fount at

I can use vim, taskwarrior, and a few other cli programs, making the CR-48 more usable.

To make this a more compelling OS, it would be nice to have more functionality in the shell by default. I use it as my primary as it is, however, I would use it more if I could use a complete shell and bounce between that and the browser. How many linux gurus could Google gain if they added more commands in the shell. Then this would be a more interesting, low-budget netbook.

White Paper
Linux Management with Red Hat Satellite: Measuring Business Impact and ROI

Linux has become a key foundation for supporting today's rapidly growing IT environments. Linux is being used to deploy business applications and databases, trading on its reputation as a low-cost operating environment. For many IT organizations, Linux is a mainstay for deploying Web servers and has evolved from handling basic file, print, and utility workloads to running mission-critical applications and databases, physically, virtually, and in the cloud. As Linux grows in importance in terms of value to the business, managing Linux environments to high standards of service quality — availability, security, and performance — becomes an essential requirement for business success.

Learn More

Sponsored by Red Hat

White Paper
Private PaaS for the Agile Enterprise

If you already use virtualized infrastructure, you are well on your way to leveraging the power of the cloud. Virtualization offers the promise of limitless resources, but how do you manage that scalability when your DevOps team doesn’t scale? In today’s hypercompetitive markets, fast results can make a difference between leading the pack vs. obsolescence. Organizations need more benefits from cloud computing than just raw resources. They need agility, flexibility, convenience, ROI, and control.

Stackato private Platform-as-a-Service technology from ActiveState extends your private cloud infrastructure by creating a private PaaS to provide on-demand availability, flexibility, control, and ultimately, faster time-to-market for your enterprise.

Learn More

Sponsored by ActiveState