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  • Bidwell Ely

    Ilya G Forrest Smith

    Earlier in the thread, you said that there is going a new forum for Chrome Flex. What is the link to it?

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  • Ilya G

     

    The new forums are: https://support.google.com/chromeosflex/threads?hl=en. At some point we will wind-down zendesk forums and completely switch to the community. 

     

     

     

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  • Bidwell Ely

    Ilya G, not to whine but will the threads from the Forums be transferred to the new platform? The Google Platform does not have the Forum interaction. One of the things I enjoy is that the Forum sends me the query. I don't see that with Google's platform. 

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  • Joel R.

    Ilya G I somewhat agree with Bidwell; many of the topics discussed on this forum relating to CloudReady can still be relevant to Chrome OS Flex. Would be nice if this is archived properly and still be made accessible.

    A couple of curious questions on Flex:

    So I noticed that upgrading from CloudReady to Flex via the dev channel enabled me to retain shell access, whereas a fresh install of Flex does not grant such. Was this intended (I'm guessing probably not?) and will shell access be removed from my CloudReady-upgraded Flex system in a future update?

    Regarding verity / rootfs verification, violating this previously in CloudReady usually resulted in a sort of 'repairing system' process upon boot and ultimately necessitated a clean reinstall. In Chrome OS Flex so far, after resizing the STATE partition from a Linux live USB for example, I noticed that there is no repairing attempt anymore and the system just automatically boots to the older, secondary / alternate image. This, I admit, is perfectly fine for me as no user data is lost and I just need to run updates again to get back to where I was. My question: is this the final intended verity behavior for Chrome OS Flex?

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  • Ilya G

    The plan for the forums will be to lock these so the content is saved but no new content is created.

    Regarding the retaining of shell, it does sound like unintended behavior. We are investigating this and seeing if there is a bigger problem at hand. I would not count on shell remaining at this point. 

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  • SpacePiggy

    Joel R. oops, shoulda kept stumm on shell?

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  • Joel R.

    SpacePiggy Yeah, maybe I should have lol. Well if it was retained fortuitously, then it might also be removed unintentionally. At least now it's clear that it's not something we should count on.

    Ilya G Thanks for the response. Your answers to our questions here and periodic updates, even if just bits and pieces, are valuable.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Ilya G I use shell to enable WL broadcom on one device & enable keyboard backlight on another.

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  • Tony Baloney

    But then again this doesn't even work on Flex NOW!!!

    sudo sh -c 'echo 64 > /sys/devices/platform/applesmc.768/leds/smc\:\:kbd_backlight/brightness'
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  • Joel R.

    Tony Baloney What error is it returning? Maybe related to needing to disable rootfs verification? Not an expert, but saw this on reddit:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/ChromeOSFlex/comments/tu89o1/dell_xps_15_9550_linux_and_bluetooth_not_working/

    Latter part of the post might help. Or not if you're experiencing a different roadblock.

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  • Bidwell Ely

    Ilya G, it would be nice if Google Support would have the same email feature that the Forum has. I, for one, like the Forum downloading questions and answers. I have a "shaky" memory. I am afraid that I will forget about Support. The other issue, I have, is that on Support each query is separated, meaning that one has to continue to go back to the Home page which is not as smooth for me.

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  • C. Nero

    Ilya G

    "Regarding the retaining of shell, it does sound like unintended behavior. We are investigating this and seeing if there is a bigger problem at hand. I would not count on shell remaining at this point. "

    Please clarify. Are you talking about the Crosh or c-a-F2 shell?

     

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  • Tony Baloney

    Joel R.


    crosh> shell
    chronos@localhost / $ sudo sh -c 'echo 200 > /sys/devices/platform/applesmc.768/leds/smc\:\:kbd_backlight/brightness'
    sh: 1: cannot create /sys/devices/platform/applesmc.768/leds/smc::kbd_backlight/brightness: Directory nonexistent
    chronos@localhost / $ 

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  • Joel R.

    Crosh = [ctrl + alt + t] while logged in

    Shell = Method 1: [ctrl + alt + f2 --> type 'chronos' --> press enter] at the login screen or

                Method 2: [ctrl + alt + t --> type 'shell' --> press enter] while logged in

    C. Nero Crosh is crosh and continues to work.

    Shell is shell. We are talking about shell. As I described earlier, I wasn't able to access shell on a fresh Chrome OS Flex. However, by upgrading from CloudReady v96 via the Dev channel to Chrome OS Flex, I am able to access shell via Method 2. Method 1 [ctrl + alt + f2] doesn't work and continues to return just a black screen.

    Regardless, key takeaway here is this was "unintended behavior." Previous announcements of the (temporary) removal seem to still stand. As Ilya said: "I would not count on shell remaining at this point."

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  • Joel R.

    Tony Baloney After disabling rootfs verification and remounting as read-write (from the reddit link), maybe copy the file/s from your previous CloudReady install and add it manually to Flex? Might be worth a try.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Joel R.

    How bout they just support the damn hardware!!!

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  • SpacePiggy

    Boys, lets be civil ... how much did you pay for this free OS software? Its just like going to church: you go through the motions, sometimes you get a blessing. Usually its crickets.

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  • Tony Baloney

    SpacePiggy .. Chrome runs on other distros too... ones that support the hardware....so....

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  • Tony Baloney

    SpacePiggy not like I'd be giving up The Play Store Apps or anything that works on a real Chromebook.....

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  • Tony Baloney

    We talkin' bout a backlight keyboard....

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  • SpacePiggy

    Tony Baloney I need to understand if your concerned about SHELL which is available in many linuxes, or Chrome browser which is a whole other thing?

    Chrome on Mac/Win doesn't have SHELL. Those OSes do (altho I'm not a windoze guy so I could be wrong ... its been know to happen ... )

    ChromyFlexReady is an OS built by smashing OS and App together in the Hadron collider

     

    EDIT - oh, back light. Well that's a hardware issue, drivers, etc. No OS supports everything without fiddling. How about direct current to the keyboard lamps?

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  • Joel R.

    To support the keyboard backlight, Google might need to collaborate (collude) with Apple... Scary thought.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Joel R. it works just fine on MX Linux.....

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  • SpacePiggy

    Tony Baloney

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  • Tony Baloney

    SpacePiggy I need a Tesla like genius to get it working ... I guess...

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  • Joel R.

    Yeah, no I'm with you. Don't know why they required shell to adjust it in CR in the first place, and don't know why they removed the keyboard backlight file in Flex. Maybe not a lot of MacBooks being used by edu / enterprise? Lol at the AI reference btw, we talkin' 'bout practice!

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  • Tony Baloney

    Joel R. I get the hand me downs from the Fam ... The first damn machine with a backlighted keyboard ... which I NEED being almost as old as Bidwell Ely... now doesn't friggin' work.... C'mon!

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  • Bidwell Ely

    Tony Baloney, age is a series of mounting deficits. I guess keyboards are one of the deficits.

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  • Bidwell Ely

    Ilya G Forrest Smith, how often are you going to "update"? It seems like it is weekly.

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  • David

    New version 103.0.5035.0 2022.05.04 has been released today. However, I don't find any announcement about new features like Neverware's blog about this update on Google Official Release.

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