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9.4from 16 review(s)
Home version perfect for an older ASUS E402S netbook with a 32 GB eMMC card, which couldn't handle Windows 10. Even with a lightweight browser, it was a dog. The primary use for this netbook is education, specifically using a browser to access learning materials on websites. For that purpose, it's perfect.
Pros: Extremely lightweight but looks polished
Everything works out of the box; all hardware supported, wi-fi, bluetooth, touchpad, etc.
Boot up and shutdown only takes a few seconds
Cons: Lengthy procedure to download and install to a USB - complained about my SanDisk
Neutered ChromeOS - no apps and no way to install anything other than a few Chromium browser extensioons
Linux subsystem is in beta and not yet very functional
If you have an underpowered laptop or netbook and just need access to the web / do some light office type stuff in G Suite apps, then CloudReady is a solid choice.
+Simple update/upgrade system. Chromebook-Like.
+ Virtualbox, Flatpak, Crostini linux for added possibilities.
- Limited possibilities.
- Beta look and feel of new possibilities.
I tried an old laptop from V69 to V71 on Cloudready.
1. Minimalist distro.
3. Comparable to pre-play-store chromebooks.
4. Allows to extend lifetine of older hardware.
5. May be ideal for "PC-Janitor" type of "for friends and family" installs if the users have simple requirements.
6. Virtualbox allows additional use on better harware.
7. Great promise and potential of VB, Crostini and Flatpak (later possibly appimage or snap).
8. Simple updates by occasional re-boots.
1. Not as stable as Chromebooks because hard/sofwtare less integrated. Test video-cards, Bleutooth, wifi etc..
2. No play-store.
3. Virtualbox reliable and stable.
4. Crostini and Flatpak have great promise. I was already able to run Libreoffice stably in Flatpak. But many packages (VLC, Kodi, work but with glitches at this moment). Crostini appeared and disappeared, I hope they get it to work.
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