In case anyone else has the same or a similar question, I purchased an hp chromebook 14 which has the same specs as the acer c720 (It just looks a lil nicer imo) and installed ubuntu 13.10 unity on it. It runs codeblocks just fine and I also tried Eclipse which ran fine as well. I can do some light gaming on it like The binding of Isaac, FTL, DUngeons of dredmore, etc. The battery life is around 7 hours when I play code, surf the web, have a word editor open and occasionally play some games. Over all I'm very satisfied and would recommend the same purchase.