Prey for Chromebooks
please let Prey app be allowed on Chromebooks.
Hi guys. This is currently on our radar. Our priority would depend on the traction it gets
Eric Osman commented
Any news about chromebook compatibility for prey today? Interestingly I have been able to add an Asus chromebook flip device that was recently updated with Android Google Play last month. I am assuming that when most chromebooks are updated with this same version, prey would be able to add chromebook as a device onto it's servers?
If Prey doesn't offer it, I need to find something that does... My daughter's laptop was stolen during a break in yesterday and I replaced hers w/a Chromebook, and am buying my son one as well. I'm not having much luck finding anything for non-school users, and was hoping Prey had something as I've just installed it on my own Win based laptop. Oh well, I guess...
Nelson Gomez commented
Chromebooks do run Linux but the Linux binary is a .deb package, which not only makes it difficult to install on distros like Fedora (which uses RPMs), it also makes it impossible to use on a regular Chromebook because it does not include tools to extract .debs. It is impossible to download anything onto the root filesystem because it is read-only and cannot be mounted read-write without entering developer mode, which wipes the entire Chromebook.
Also, because of the nature of Chromebooks, installation is more involved, and requires going to the virtual terminal instead of being able to install it from the desktop. An entirely new app would need to be created for Chrome.