Well, just install Linux and you'll be fine.
But make sure you have an Intel processor before you try to install Linux.
From what I hear, chromebooks are completely useless without internet connection. My point was just that, when people hear about using the cloud, they think chromebook. I think more like, how when I use a desktop at school, I can just log into outlook.com to access my onedrive files, and if the computer doesn't have a recent version of office, I can use the online version. I can then save the file, walk to my professor's office, pull up the document on my phone, and ask them a question about it. If I don't have an internet connection, I still have the file sync'd to my laptop, and OneDrive on iOS keeps a local version of last few documents you opened. I can't remember the exact number.
Of course, I could just do everything on my laptop, but its 17" laptop which is annoying to try to hold while pointing to something on the screen and talking to the professor. I also don't always want to carry it to school with me.
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Right now I have somewhere around 170GB of stuff on there. I have a couple hundred GB of more stuff I am considering uploading as well (I have 1TB of space on there thanks to a Office 365 subscription).
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