For my work I develop and run a lot of software on remote clusters. Mostly I'm just using bash/vim over ssh and run only a terminal emulator and web browser locally. I was considering getting a lightweight chromebook for travel, etc. However, I've never actually used one and don't know anyone who owns one.
Does anyone know if a chromebook would be a suitable option, given the following requirements?
- Can ssh into a remote machine with a fully-capable terminal
- Can connect to a remote VNC server
- (bonus) supports X11 forwarding over ssh
- (bonus) has a local terminal emulator that can e.g. run bash and do some basic linux filesystem manipulation
As to the last point, I'd prefer if there was a local terminal that allowed me to define aliases, run ssh, etc; as opposed to having a completely separate ssh client like PuTTY.
Is the chromebook right for my use case? Or should I just get a cheapo normal laptop?