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ChromeBook the missing link

Sadly I am coming to the conclusion that the missing link is, in fact, missing. I might actually repurpose my ChromeBook Pixel as an Ubuntu laptop instead of the Special purpose device that it is. It is simply not capable of doing the sandboxed development that I was hoping for; even though nacl was looking promising.

On the default Chromebook

  • there is no command shell so there is no working git commands
  • there are a few editors that support git, however, there is a bug with bitbucket's git version
  • this is certainly not going to compile
After installing nacl
  • nacl has some tools installed by default
  • golang is NOT one of the tools
  • installing go from source requires 'tar' which is not installed
  • installing dev_tools in order to get nacl_ports installed is easy
  • but getting the dev_tools to work without bash in the expected place or being able to fork (backticks) makes dev_tools useless
dev mode
  • I only have the one Pixel and I'm not going to hack too hard without having some confidence on how to restore it.
  • I read one post that indicated that much of the ChromeOS security is disabled when in dev mode
Additionally, one other thing.  VPN is still not working with watchguard... and I have even read a couple of posts that suggest that VPN is simply broken. In my opinion, however, the two are not related. In my case I need an ovn file and the later the issue may be related to the ineffective GUI.

Finally, one alternative has been a "remote editor".  There are a few and some are better than others. At least one uses the vendor's servers as a proxy.  This is clearly very bad for security. I've been playing with the idea and I have a prototype in both ACE and CodeMirror. Now it might be time to execute... specially since rmate has come to my attention. Now I need a stronger browser based editor.

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