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$250 Chromebook With Ubuntu Linux Is Very Fast 117

An anonymous reader writes "The Google Samsung Chromebook was already interesting for its competitive $250 price-tag and that it can be loaded with Linux distributions beyond Chrome OS, but it turns out that its performance is particularly good, too. When loaded with Ubuntu Linux, the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual ARM SoC on the Chrome notebook had outperformed a 1.8GHz Intel Atom, a quad-core Calxeda ARM server, and a TI OMAP4 PandaBoard."
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$250 Chromebook With Ubuntu Linux Is Very Fast

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  • by preflex ( 1840068 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @03:43PM (#42045561)

    Chromium and VLC have been working just fine on Ubuntu ARM for years (as well as Ubuntu PPC). No need for virtualized processor. They're compiled for ARM. Dropbox and Jungledisk should also compile just fine if the source is available. That's the beauty of free software.

    There's a source tarball for Dropbox here [dropbox.com].

    Jungledisk (never heard of it before) appears to be propretary, so fsck 'em.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @08:09PM (#42049199)

    I'm not affiliated with phoronix, but I'm the one that ran the benchmarks.

    You can go to any Phoronix article with benchmark results and get the command line for the benchmark run.

    So once I had ubuntu up and running on my Chromebook, I went on Phoronix, found a benchmark set that they ran with comparable processors (that would not take more than a few hours), and I ran it too. The results get uploaded to Open Benchmarking. Nobody is trying to trick you.

    The Phoronix guys (guy?) noticed the results a few days later and and posted the graphs. There was NO attempt on my part to keep the OS exactly the same as what Phoronix used in their earlier benchmark runs in the comparison. I don't have acceleration in X, so I'm using lxde...

    Phoronix just posted the results because they thought they were interesting. I'm sure proper benchmarks are coming since he posted chromebook pics in that article. These are just benchmarks that some random guy (me!) ran to see how his chromebook compares to Atom/Cortex-A9.

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