|Left hinge gone, right hinge broken and bezel de-bezeled!|
Unfortunately, it was my one and only lovable laptop. An awesome bulky, heavy, hot runnin' Dell Latitude E5500 with a screamin' install of Ubuntu. It was my work, dev and play deck and it was a goner!
While I waited on replacement hinges, a screen frame and a spare screen (just in case I screwed up the original screen doing the repairs...yeah I repair my own hardware...the OG scrooge mcduck here...), I couldn't help but wonder what might be out on the market in terms of new linux laptops. To my utter dismay nothing very good. Mostly big, bulky, black behemoths and all of them were quite costly.
Having heard a lot of online chatter about Chromebooks, I decided to go take a look. They all looked pretty bad ass. The only problem, Chromebooks run Chrome OS which is a pretty limited cloud based operating system. Or so I thought!