Linux on a chrome book?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Tue Jul 31 16:02:16 UTC 2018

Yeah, I'm actually on the raspbery pi list but I've hesitated to get a pi. 
The different models are kind of confusing and I've been concerned about 
being able to put it together in the case it all from the descriptions I 
saw. But it certainly is a consideration.


May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to You, Lord,
my rock and my Redeemer.
(Psalm 19:14 HCSB)

On Tue, 31 Jul 2018, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> Hi Cheryl,
> How powerful do you need your computer to be?  We are developing an 
> Arch-based distro for use with the Raspberry Pi, and the command line side of 
> things is performing quite well in terms of speed.
> You can hear more about our work on our list. To subscribe just email:
> F123e+subscribe at
> Best,
> Fernando
> On 07/31/2018 03:59 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> I have an iMac and a MacBook Air running Mac and of course I am using the 
> terminal lots, mostly with MacPorts. But I have wanted a standalone linux 
> machine. I know somebody who has a tablet and no longer wants the Acer 
> chromebook. I don't yet know all the specs except that it is 15.6 inch and as 
> I believe 2 usb ports; should find out more shortly. I wondered if it would 
> be possible to install linux and install it accessibly on this machine. I 
> have used debian and arch linux in the past and wondered what I should plan 
> to use. I am more interested in the command line than in the gui though I 
> won't totally rule out the possibility that I might also experiment with the 
> gui in linux. When I started using linux, of course, the gui wasn't really an 
> option.
>> There is one other thing I am concerned abut. I had thinkpads that ran 
> linux for years. Both of them died and it appeared to be a fan problem. That 
> might have been just a natural consequence of their age but I am concerned 
> about getting an apparently new computer and having this happen. In my old 
> Debian installs way back in the earlier part of this century, it seemed as if 
> those settings were automatically set up and compatible with the running of 
> my computers' fans. Are there any versions of linux that either still seem to 
> have a good record or, on the other hand, have been known
>> to leave so much to the user that a fan problem could quickly result. I 
> also had this problem with a Mac minias fan though again, the mini had also 
> previously had a long life with me as a Mac OS computer. I did have one Mac 
> mini that never had any fan issues running linux.
>> Any inut as to the usability of a chromebook and the best linux 
> distribution to use, especially for command line emphasis, would be 
> appreciated. I would want to mostly use brltty with emphasis on its braille 
> capabilities but wouldn't mind being able to set up speech also. I definitely 
> would like to have sound for other purposes than speech if possible.
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