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Samsung's A15 Chromebook Loaded With Ubuntu Is Crazy Fast
Phoronix ^ | November 20, 2012 | Michael Larabel

Posted on 11/21/2012 12:47:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Google recently launched the Samsung Chromebook that for $249 USD features an 11-inch display, a 16GB SSD, a promise of 6.5-hour battery life, and is backed by a Samsung Exynos 5 SoC. The Samsung Exynos 5 packs a 1.7GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with ARM Mali-T604 graphics. With using this new ARM Cortex-A15 chip plus the Samsung Chromebook not being locked down so it can be loaded up with a Linux distribution like Ubuntu or openSUSE, it was a must-buy for carrying out some interesting Cortex-A15 Linux benchmarks. The Exynos 5 Dual in this affordable laptop packs an impressive performance punch.

I'm still in the process of setting up Ubuntu on the Samsung Chromebook for delivering Linux ARM Cortex A15 performance benchmarks, but already someone beat me to using the Phoronix Test Suite for carrying out benchmarks of the ARM A15. The results were shared via OpenBenchmarking.org.

These results are quite interesting as the independent user benchmarking the Samsung Chromebook compared it to the result file used for the previous tests of the Calxeda quad-core 1.1GHz and 1.4GHz Highbank server nodes, a TI OMAP4460 dual-core 1.2GHz PandaBoard ES, and an Intel Atom D525 x86_64 CPU running at 1.8GHz. The Chromebook was loaded with an early development snapshot of Ubuntu 13.04 with a Linux 3.4 kernel for Exynos 5 SoC.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
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1 posted on 11/21/2012 12:47:53 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Best Buy has been advertising a Black Frday deal for a low-end Lenovo laptop for under $200


2 posted on 11/21/2012 12:52:35 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Guess I’ll wait for someone else to publish the english version of this article later. ;-)


3 posted on 11/21/2012 12:52:50 PM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Probably also comes with some Google tracking software....


4 posted on 11/21/2012 12:52:58 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: ShadowAce
11" display with a keyboard....sort of like a tablet....

but you use a mouse....I forgot about that...or is that right.

need to read further.

5 posted on 11/21/2012 12:55:01 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

How about the practical side of things? You replace Google’s OS with Linux, and what happens? There is a deal with Google re cloud storage, support, etc. Details, please.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 1:00:03 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Silly question: would we be able to run “Final Cut Pro” or Sony Vegas on this guy...?

It would not run software made for windows, then..? Like it could not run Word?


7 posted on 11/21/2012 1:01:41 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Silly question: would we be able to run “Final Cut Pro” or Sony Vegas on this guy...?

It would not run software made for windows, then..? Like it could not run Word?


8 posted on 11/21/2012 1:02:01 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Revolting cat!

Everyone seems to be thingking since it is”a chromebook” they CAN NOT change the OS.....yet article points out that you can.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 1:05:09 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Android operating system makes it useless with business applications. Additionally, the last Andriod update has just about rendered my Asus tablet frustrating to use for just about any application


10 posted on 11/21/2012 1:05:46 PM PST by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: GeronL

Non Windows?


11 posted on 11/21/2012 1:06:49 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: gaijin
Isn't that software mostly windows or OSx?
12 posted on 11/21/2012 1:08:50 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: PJammers

Ubuntu is not an android system, it is a Linux distro.

It comes with a complete business suite that can create and open any Microsoft office file.

The combination of fast processor and the solid state hard drive should make it very fast. Linux takes advantage of increased SSD speeds, microsoft products do not handle this well yet.


13 posted on 11/21/2012 1:15:34 PM PST by wrench
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

There was a good review of this over on engadget. The screen is pretty low res. I know that people have gotten Ubuntu 12.04 LTS running on it but I thought I read that only an unofficial Alpha build was available. Have they made more progress on that front?


14 posted on 11/21/2012 1:16:38 PM PST by cyberstoic (Men may think with their d*cks, but women vote with their v*ginas.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
thinking= thingking
15 posted on 11/21/2012 1:16:38 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yes, but that the only practical detail that the article offers.


16 posted on 11/21/2012 1:21:55 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: cyberstoic
but I thought I read that only an unofficial Alpha build was available. Have they made more progress on that front?

Don't know,...I have been ignoring most of the ARM hardware for personal use considerations,...although I knew Ubuntu was doing development on a version,

I guess the price caught my eye.

And the fact that you could load your own OS could make it interesting....

Support questions always get into another whole area.

17 posted on 11/21/2012 1:23:23 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: gaijin; pgkdan; illiac; Revolting cat!; PJammers; GeronL; wrench
Geekish item:

Distrowatch search:

Click here

18 posted on 11/21/2012 1:28:51 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: wrench

Thanks for the info. So you would have to purchase Windows OS or MS Office suite or both?


19 posted on 11/21/2012 1:29:18 PM PST by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: cyberstoic

Thanks....will look at that.


20 posted on 11/21/2012 1:29:55 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: PJammers
Are you somewhat knowledgeable on the world of Linux....?
21 posted on 11/21/2012 1:35:42 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: wrench; PJammers
Stating that Ubuntu has software mirroring much Business software....DOES NOT imply that it would run on a NON- X86 architecture microprocessor.
22 posted on 11/21/2012 1:38:12 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: wrench

So it will u could create and run word files with this? How about ru. Sony vegas...?


23 posted on 11/21/2012 1:39:33 PM PST by gaijin
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To: cyberstoic; gaijin; Revolting cat!; illiac; pgkdan; GeronL; PJammers; wrench
OK,....found the article:

ARM-powered Chromebook lands at Play store for $249

24 posted on 11/21/2012 1:44:49 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: gaijin

No you can’t run any Windows software applications (Office, Photoshop, etc) on this. Only Google’s apps that are all web based - although some have good offline modes (email, etc). This is a very lightweight type machine meant for doing research, email, watching movies online, etc. Can’t do real powerhouse type stuff at all.


25 posted on 11/21/2012 1:46:23 PM PST by nerdgirl
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To: gaijin

See #22.


26 posted on 11/21/2012 1:46:27 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: nerdgirl

What about Open Office?


27 posted on 11/21/2012 1:47:36 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ubuntu iasn’t a one and done release like windows or the apple stuff. It is constantly evolving, and runs on the newest hardware long before you ever see support from MS or the big A.

If anyone has a concern about supported hardware or CPU architecture, there is a huge official web presence complete with forums, tech and troubleshooting areas. Ask there. I personally do not have any bleeding edge equipment, but if I did, I would turn to Linux and probably the Ubuntu version of it for an OS.


28 posted on 11/21/2012 1:48:55 PM PST by wrench
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To: nerdgirl
Ohm...I like that handle....good info for those struggling with this new world that is launching on us all.
29 posted on 11/21/2012 1:50:30 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Windows 8 apparently

https://blackfriday.bestbuy.com/door+busters3/product/6733454/lenovo++156quot+laptop++2gb+memory++320gb+hard+drive++black


30 posted on 11/21/2012 1:51:31 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: PJammers

Ubuntu is not Android, it’s Linux. Android runs the Linux kernel, but it’s a different OS.


31 posted on 11/21/2012 1:54:27 PM PST by dinodino
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To: gaijin

Ubuntu 12.10 runs Wine impressively fast. I have UT3 and Office 2011 running via Wine.

There are options though. Libre Office has a megaton of functionality while being both free and lightweight.


32 posted on 11/21/2012 1:57:43 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: wrench
Right.....

I just thought of an obvious question to myself....

So there is a development Ubuntu version....13.0 that will run on this box, A15 Arm architecture...but my interest would be web browsing....and I prefer Firefox as the browser....

Not sure what they are doing to make their browser run on the ARM Architecture....

33 posted on 11/21/2012 1:58:02 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: gaijin

Open Office is actually very good.

Sure are there things it can’t do. Then again, you would also save money not needing to pay for virus protection


34 posted on 11/21/2012 2:00:23 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I like Ubuntu. Using VirtualBox to run the few Windows applications I have to run for engineering design, I could probably get by with one of these laptops.

I need some kind of option. I REFUSE to buy Windows 8.

35 posted on 11/21/2012 2:02:35 PM PST by backwoods-engineer ("Remember: Evil exists because good men don't kill the gov officials committing it." -- K. Hoffmann)
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To: GeronL
Fry's has one for $187. Frys
36 posted on 11/21/2012 2:03:22 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Defiant

The one from Fry’s has 4GB of RAM instead of 2 as the Best Buy ad shows!!

Wow.

Better deal!


37 posted on 11/21/2012 2:06:10 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nerdgirl

^^^No you can’t run any Windows software applications (Office, Photoshop, etc) on this. Only Google’s apps that are all web based - although some have good offline modes (email, etc). This is a very lightweight type machine meant for doing research, email, watching movies online, etc. Can’t do real powerhouse type stuff at all.^^^

Yes and no. Out of the box, this is a Google based product. But it isn’t locked. It has a 16gig solid state hard drive that can be wiped and Ubuntu (a linux version) can be installed on it. Ubuntu can do ANY thing currently being done on any PC or Apple product. There exists plenty of photoshop programs, video creation, office, sound, etc apps that are open source and intended for Linux distributions. Plus, these apps and programs are supplied at no cost.


38 posted on 11/21/2012 2:06:58 PM PST by wrench
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To: GeronL
Thanks,....found this:

AMD Dual-Core E-300 processor with Radeon HD 6310 integrated graphics For enhanced performance.

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Not sure where the E-300 sits on the low CPU power spectrum.

39 posted on 11/21/2012 2:10:29 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That would be a big negative...


40 posted on 11/21/2012 2:16:31 PM PST by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: wrench
There exists plenty of photoshop programs, video creation, office, sound, etc apps that are open source and intended for Linux distributions. Plus, these apps and programs are supplied at no cost.

Yes BUT!!!

Let's be clear to many of our friends here that Each and Every program must be recompiled by SOMEONE and checked out for the very different instruction set that comes with the ARM architecture....if they expect to run it on THIS DEVICE with OUT going to the CLOUD for running the application....

This NEW WORLD is running well ahead of many on the Free Republic forum.

That is all I am saying....

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PHORONIX is a forum aimed at LINUX DEVELOPERS and LINUX enthusiasts....

41 posted on 11/21/2012 2:21:38 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Firefox is available for Ubuntu, and is included with some releases. Yes, release 13.0 is a beta or pre beta release, but should go stable release before long.

For the non-geek types (including me) a load and go version for this laptop isn’t quite ready yet. It is a good value for the money, and at the Fry’s price, I could stand playing with it as is till the stable Ubuntu release is available.

I am currently running Ubuntu 11.10 with Firefox on a 8 year old laptop. Upgraded to 12.03 and my video card wasn’t well supported, so redid the 11.10, GTG now.


42 posted on 11/21/2012 2:26:16 PM PST by wrench
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To: wrench
Are you saying that Firfox has done the work needed for the ARM architecture?

Without forcing one thru a Cloud server....if I can express it that way.

43 posted on 11/21/2012 2:32:22 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I love Ubuntu and have been running it on a HP netbook a bit long in the tooth. This looks like a great upgrade.

To all those unfamiliar with Linux; it is a great alternative to wondoze, many comparable (and free) apps. It is much more friendly than it used to be.


44 posted on 11/21/2012 2:35:22 PM PST by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningful to say)
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To: PJammers
Well,...we have a smattering of a tutorial going on here but it is pretty incomplete.

Linux is a play on Unix....that is a simple minded description of it.

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If you are interested and have some time....I did a quick google and found this....it might be useful:

What is Linux and why is it so popular?

I have not looked at the link however.

45 posted on 11/21/2012 2:39:46 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: vanilla swirl

Just installed the new Linux mint 14 today with Cinnabon or Cinnamon....trying to figure out how to get the font size increased so I can read the major menus....the old eyes do do well squinting.


46 posted on 11/21/2012 2:43:16 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: GeronL

Fry’s doesn’t make you stand in line. You go online tomorrow after 9am, order the item, and then pick it up at the store on Friday. Much more civilized, although it remains to be seen if people will be able to get the good deals or if the web site will be fry’d.


47 posted on 11/21/2012 2:43:51 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Dead Corpse

RE: Wine. Codeweavers had another free CrossOver giveaway a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t run Wine proper in 5 years or so.


48 posted on 11/21/2012 2:46:11 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: wrench; All

I use ubuntu for web surfing and blogging, and it is far superiour to windows IMHO. Almost no one makes malware or virus code for linux variations.


49 posted on 11/21/2012 2:47:15 PM PST by marktwain
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Can you completely purge everything Google and go straight Ubuntu?

I don't trust those Obama supporting Rat ********s as far as I can throw them.

If I could strip it and go I am in....

50 posted on 11/21/2012 2:50:20 PM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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