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CafeTran on Chromebook anybody?

Just as a question (Hans asked it a time ago on 

As far as I understand, there is no Java and so no CafeTran on a standard Chromebook, but you might hack it and install a Ubuntu derivate (Chrubuntu). Most Chromebooks only have 2 or 4 GB RAM, not more.

Is this a viable, stable option, considering that 4 GB RAM is a kind of minimum for medium/bigger projects?

Hum, wrong section, I see.

Thanks, very interesting. 

As far as I see, the 8 GB should cost around 800 €, IMHO this is too much for a device I need to hack (without knowing whether this hack works or Chrubuntu has an acceptable speed) to make it work for me (compared to a MBP or a MBA). And the disk space of 32 GB does not sound compelling. 

I agree. I think that you'd better go for a certified Linux compatible laptop. First quick search:

If you need a test, I'm happy to download the PDF for you. I have an 'abo'.


Perhaps Collaborative Translation Networks, LLC can sponsor you, for testing a slim, though budget Linux machine with CafeTran. Must be in their interest to come with an all-in-one solution: best CAT tool on best OS. :)

The most attractive point about a Chromebook would be to have a third, quite lightweight and indeed cheap machine for simple tasks (but simple tasks for me involves to do smaller translation jobs on the go, if necessary, and indeed I prefer MS Office under CrossOver to MS Office Online).

So, did you pursue this any further or did you opt for an alternative OS/hardware?

Thanks for the link. No, finally, this was just a thought. I will stick to MacOS, and I just switched my suffering old Windows notebook to Ubuntu (in the end, I must admit that CT works better on Windows than on Mac, but this notebook was a pain in the ass with Windows 10). 

>I must admit that CT works better on Windows than on Mac

Care to elaborate on that?

Uh, difficult question.

This might also depend on the hardware and software settings (would be nice to have a config file that can be for sure exchanged between Mac and Win).

But indeed, the Windows installation appears more reactive, IMHO. Maybe the Java settings? Windows with 2 GB RAM for CT against Mac with 4 GB for CT (but okay, as the Windows app is the secondary install, in most cases with smaller docs/extracts/files). 

Google announced that new Chromebooks will support Linux apps via Crostine. Perhaps this will allow CTE on Chromebooks too? @Jean: Do you know more?

For now:

Set up Linux (Beta) on your Chromebook

You first need to find the code-name for your device from here:


Then, see if it mentioned in the Supported now section of this (this is the Project Crostini web page):

Please note CafeTran isn't yet supported in Wayland, only X.

My guess is that you can run CafeTran Espresso on supported Chromebooks. A Chromebook user will need to confirm that.

For the near future:

If I understand correctly, Chromebook users will soon be able to run Linux alongside Chrome OS, which will definitely make it easier to use Linux apps, CafeTran included.

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