5 Steps to Install Linux on ChromeBook
- 5 Steps to Install Linux on ChromeBook
DONE & DONE!
Using the Chroot:
- To start the Linux environment from the terminal (if you followed my instructions above), type “sudo startlxde” and press enter.
- To switch between the Linux environment and the ChromeOS, press <Shift><Ctl><Alt> & <F1>. You can then use the same command to (almost instantly) switch back into Linux.
- If you wish to turn off the Linux environment entirely, Just use the “Log out” function from within Linux.
- If you shut down the device, when you boot again, it will start at the ChromeOS login screen.
- To return to the linux environment (after a reboot), hold the <Ctrl><Alt><T> buttons to start the terminal. Then, type “shell” and press <Enter>. At the Crosh window, enter the “sudo startlxde” command.
- Delete: Sometimes, it is necessary to delete a crouton installed environment. From the CROSH terminal, use the command, “sudo edit-chroot -d trusty” and change the “trusty” part to whatever version of Linux you installed.
- Crosh Window: There is no need to keep the Crosh window open. If you close it, you can still use the <Shift><Ctl><Alt> & <F1> shortcut to switch between Chrome and Linux.
- Targets: To update or add targets: The following command includes some additional targets – remember, they are always separated by commas. (For a list of “targets”, use the command “sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t help”.) Example: “sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -u -n trusty -t e17,touch”
- Check for updates, download the latest version, and see what’s new by running “
croutonversion -u -d -c" from the chroot (in other words, inside Linux). You can run “
croutonversion -h" to see what those parameters actually do).
- Exit the chroot and in the ChromeOS Crosh window run “
sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -u -n trusty". It will update all installed targets.
Backup or Restore:
"sudo edit-chroot -b trusty" backs up your chroot to a timestamped tarball in the current directory. Chroots are named either via the
-n parameter when created or by the release name if -n was not specified.
"sudo edit-chroot -r trusty" restores the chroot from the most recent timestamped tarball. You can explicitly specify the tarball with
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