I've been hoping for a good Linux/Firefox-based alternative to ChromeOS for a long time, and it looks like there might finally be a front-runner for this:
Anyone tried or interested in this?
- Shared coffee-table laptops.
- Repurpose older hardware with a better performing Web OS.
- Avoid sponsoring Google with implied endorsement of their Ts & Cs, which you should have alternatives to accepting, and by proxy endorsing all that they sponsor.
- Managed office administration clients that only need webapps such as those provided by Cloudron, Nextcloud, OnlyOffice, Rocket Chat, EspoCRM, Bitwarden etc.
- Use Firefox Sync and Share to have access to your bookmarks, history, settings, extensions seamlessly on multiple devices.
@timconsidine I've not tried it yet, just came up on my searching for something like this again, as I have a few times in hope. Usually inspired by yet another lock-in problem with proprietary extortion-ware.
I do have a couple of oldish Chromebooks I can try this on at some point though.
Using anything Google, Facebook or Microsoft now always just feels wrong.
I feel we are getting closer to open-source alternatives for everything, but they do need champions and how-tos for the much-needed simplicity that all users should expect for the greater value in what they can do with these tools in greater confidence of their privacy.
@murgero I've been experimenting with other distributions, where Ubuntu doesn't seem to support all hardware for WiFi during installation (works if you connect to ethernet during installation) or sound-card Drivers, and found I really like OpenSUSE, probably more. Might do a post on that soon too for gathering screenshots and experiences.