- 5 Steps to Install Linux on ChromeBook
In order to create icons on the desktop (for the software that may not have already created one): Open the Menu button (for LXDE, in the lower left corner, a stylized bird); Find the software entry; Right-click on the package; Left-Click “Add to desktop”.
One of the “problems” with Linux is that there seems to be a shortage of nice fonts to use. You can install the mscorefonts-installer (” sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer”) and it will add several of the common fonts from Windows. Also, in Synaptic, just search for “ttf fonts.” Be sure to check the description of each to assure that they are for your preferred language.
Even More Software:
To see more of the huge number of free program for Linux, just open the Synaptic program (installed above) and browse (you will need to enter your password before using the program.) Examples of graphics software that may interest you: Gimp, Krita, Inkscape. My choice of sound editor is Audacity. Gnome-screenshot is included but Gnome desktop but LXDE does not include it. In the “search” box in Synaptic, you can enter either the name or the type of the software. Alternatively, do a Google search for “linux software xxxxx” where xxxxx is the type of software (e.g., photo editor).
If you update the ChromeOS on the ChromeBook and then Crouton fails to open, instead, you start getting errors like below:
/usr/bin/xinit: giving up
/usr/bin/xinit: unable to connect to X server: Connection refused
/usr/bin/xinit: server error
Not unmounting /mnt/stateful_partition/crouton/chroots/trusty as another instance is using it.
To fix the problem, download a fresh copy of Crouton here. Then (in the CROSH shell), issue the command:
sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -u -n trusty (Change “trusty” to your current version of Ubuntu)
Then, reboot the ChromeBook and it should work properly.
CREDITS & OTHER HELP
Please respect to the Crouton team for providing this for us. Read more on their README.md file at the bottom of the page here. They also have a WIKI page (here) that is updated from time to time with additional tips on using Crouton.