I have an old desktop lab that I put a kiosk mode of Lubuntu that just runs chrome, and it has worked out great.   Boot time alone has made a big difference.  


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On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM, Brice McIntosh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I've tried out Chrome OS Lime on a few computers. It feels like a native install, but you can put it on better hardware than the official Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer. I'm pretty sure that you can also enroll them into the Chromebook management console. We are considering it for next year over buying Chromebooks directly from Google.

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Hardwick Elementary School
Hardwick, VT 05843

On Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM, Bjorn Behrendt wrote:

I have moved to using http://lubuntu.net/ for all my linux desktops.

I have not played with it yet, but http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/lime.php looks interesting.



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On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 7:42 AM, Drew Blanchard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
We have a fairly large pile (30 ish) if original G4 MacBooks.  We took them out of circulation because they'd become so slow as to be almost unusable, and the Power PC architecture prevented us from updating Flash, browsers, and many of the apps we need.  I installed Ubuntu on some of the machines to see if this would be a good way to get a few more years out of them (or to give them to needy families/students in the district).  But this is proving to be problematic; lots of driver issues, some hardware isn't recognized (the microphones, for example) and the machines continue to run really slowly.  This is not  true of old PCs running Ubuntu, so I figure I'm doing something wrong.  

I stalled Ubuntu 10.04 (the LTS version) for Power PC, and expected things to go much more smoothly than this.  Would installing an older version of Ubuntu solve the problem?  Another flavor of Linux?  I've used Ubuntu on other G4's without any problems, but those were desktops; is there something specific about the MacBooks which is causing our trouble?  

Drew  

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