I see I can buy a Google Chromebook laptop (11.6" screen) for around £120 (GBP) which has a fast SSD drive, if only 16GB. But the operating system is Google Chrome OS, which I believe is a proprietary version of Linux. Is there any reasonably priced audio recording software which could be used on this machine. (One advantage of the Chromebook is a long battery life, as I understand it. Could be handy when away from mains power and recording audio.

  • I'm pretty sure you can install Linux on a Chromebook, so that's another option - find Linux compatible audio software. – Todd Wilcox Sep 15 '15 at 17:52
  • My comment notwithstanding, as worded this question is a product search question, which is off topic here. – Todd Wilcox Sep 15 '15 at 18:07
  • Apologies Todd Wilcox, but thanks for your helpful comment; will try follow up elsewhere as suggested. – jawylam Sep 15 '15 at 20:11
  • Agree with Todd - Crouton to run ubuntu (or distro of your choice), then your choice of software. Audacity is my go-to recorder. I have a friend who runs ubuntu on his chromebook and it's fast enough for most stuff. I imagine though that battery life isn't as good with ubuntu as it is with chromeOS. The issue I can see is that 16GB harddrive will fill up fast. – Josiah Sep 15 '15 at 23:41
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    Thanks @Josiah , I'm getting the drift that the Chromebook may not be suitable for my idea. – jawylam Sep 16 '15 at 0:01

Chromebooks are designed to use web applications, which delegate a lot of the work to other systems and computers that are located somewhere else. Because of this, Chromebooks are very limited in power, but also very cheap and light.

With that in mind, you should be looking for online solutions (web applications) for audio recording. Some examples are:

You can try them with any system and check if they are enough for your needs.

I advice you against installing Linux in a Chromebook, at least in this scenario. Audio recording and processing uses a lot of resources, which Chromebooks lack. Even if you are running Linux, you'd still have little memory, and little everything else. You will reach the walls very soon, and you won't be able to achieve much.

If you find that web applications are not making the cut, consider getting a Windows-based or OS X-based system, with specs aimed for audio production.

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    Thank you for your helpful comments @JCPedroza , it does seem the Chromebook may not be suitable for the use I was considering. – jawylam Sep 15 '15 at 23:58

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