I have an old Asus 1000HE Eee PC (32-bit, 2GB RAM, 128GB SSD). Fedora 21 with Gnome Shell runs ok, but as I only use this netbook to browse the web, I figured I’d try to figure out how to launch Chrome as the desktop environment, cutting Gnome Shell out completely. In the process of trying to determine which lightweight window manager I would use, I discovered that Google Chrome (my browser of choice) includes it’s own called Ash. So, setting this up was as easy as creating a single file, and simply selecting “Chrome” as my login session from GDM.
[Desktop Entry] Name=Chrome Comment=Chrome Browser Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome --open-ash --ash-force-desktop --ash-host-window-bounds="1024x600" TryExec=/usr/bin/google-chrome Icon= Type=Application DesktopNames=Chrome
This isn’t a perfect solution, but it’s pretty neat. A few problems:
- Triggering a download crashes the browser, as Chrome can’t launch the Gnome (GTK?) download widget
- No battery,audio, or wifi system icons
- Initially, the desktop was off-center. Apparently, the netbook screen size (1024×600) was odd, so it needed to be explicitly specified with the “-bounds” parameter.
Next, I’m going to give Android-x86 a shot on this Eee PC.