Chromebit Experiences and Chrome Device Management License Needed?

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Hi guys,

I was playing with Rise Vision a few months back, trying to get it to work with a Raspberry Pi 2 but I eventually gave up since it was never stable - I'd always end up with blank screens and have to power cycle the Pi.

I then saw the Chromebit come out, and have been waiting a bit before pulling the trigger and trying it out to see if it will work well with Rise.  First off, I'm hoping you guys could share your experiences so far with it, and whether you recommend using it for digital signage?

Second, I don't understand this Chrome Device Management Licenses?  Is it actually necessary for the Chromebit to operate with Rise?  What do I loose out on if I don't use it?  I'm likely only going to have a single Chromebit for quite a while - a single screen in a store to advertise community events.  This might expand to two or three if others want to add their own screens, but likely not many more...  If I do need it, is it something I can tack on afterwards- as in, buy the $85 Chromebit on Amazon, then add on the license afterwards?

Thanks for your input!
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Hey Cody,

You do not need Google Management License in order to run Rise Vision. But you want it! As the name implies, it gives you some management rights over your device. For example, Google will push Chrome updates whether you want them or not. That can, as in the past, have negative impact on RV content, performance or stability. Management license allows you locking your device in a stable version of Chrome. Also, this is awesome thing actually if you were to deploy more devices, management license applies all the settings automatically as soon as you roll in your new device under your account (you need spare license for each device, though). Also, license allows you monitoring the status of your devices and restarting them remotely, taking screen shots.

Now, while Google devices are easy to set up, for the price I would go for Windows Intel Compute Stick type devices (for non demanding presentations). This way you get more functionality in terms of remote management and OS flexibility. But this is strictly my opinion, others would not agree with me.

Also, if you Chrome device is somewhere in your office and you are OK with occasional crashes and do not mind restarting them manually, then you do not really need that license.
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Another item to note is that we have not tested Rise Vision on Chromebit and that the Rise Vision Chrome Player application development is currently on hold - see notice here under 'Chrome OS Installation'.
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I've had good luck with the Chromebit.  It is really zippy and since I use Google Apps, it works well in my environment.

I think the Achilles heel in the RasPi is the boot microSD card.

I had it working with RV.  

My project was really small and is now on hold.  It might end up with a PC driving a Chromecast hooked up to a single monitor.

I didn't get the chance to live with new software versions breaking code that was running fine.