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Why I Switched to a Chromebook

I haven’t written a post about technology in a long time so I thought I’d give an update.
As most of you know, I’m a big proponent of Open Source Software (OSS). And I’ve been a user of various Linux Distributions for a number of years. Most recently, I’ve used Xubuntu, LinuxMint, and elementaryOS. Everyone of those Operating Systems (OSes) has their strengths and weaknesses, and the weaknesses are easily fixed. The biggest issue for me, wasn’t the software; it was my hardware.
Almost seven years ago I was given an Aspire 4730z by a colleague and it’s been a fantastic computer. Recently, however, it started freezing up. Then I thought the wireless card was failing. After about 30 minutes I’d lose connectivity to my router, so I bought a micro USB card. But then the USB ports started to go out. At this point it seems to be more of a motherboard issue, which is a whole other level of repair. It’s doable, but it’ll take time and money.
The problem was I was in the middle of a huge writing p…