For whatever reason, my Lubuntu Linux laptop does not like to be connected to my Android smartphone. This time, it locked out the USB ports and totally borked. It will NOT reboot. My brother has it now trying to get it going again and in the interim, I tried to get my elderly XP laptop out but it's so bogged down, it takes forever to boot. I don't really want to buy another Windows machine and have history keep repeating itself. Not a big Apple fan, either. For home use and nothing heavy duty, is a Chromebook a viable alternative? I want a fast boot, internet use, to load pictures and music, plus light use of word processing, the ability to open pdf, powerpoint, and other such files. I assume a Chromebook would play nice with Android hardware. Or is there another, better alternative? Oh, and I'm cheap.