Ubuntu Linux on Chromebook
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12/09/14 to clean up the general order & appearance
07/09/14 to install Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty”
ABOUT: Crouton is a set of scripts to install Ubuntu Linux on a ChromeBook. It will work with any version of ChromeBook (I think) and most releases of Ubuntu (possibly other distros as well). After it is installed, it operates on the same Linux kernel as the Chrome OS.
PRIMARY HARDWARE: This guide is specific to the Asus C7 (C710 or C720) Chromebooks. Using these guides with other models may require minor changes. To see the differences between the various C7 models, visit here.
UBUNTU: Although Crouton (and this guide) can be used to install some other distributions of Linux, I prefer Ubuntu so it is assumed.
- Instant switching between ChromeOS and Ubuntu (no need to dual boot).
- Share files between ChromeOS & Ubuntu (the Chrome “Downloads” folder is also available in Linux.)
- Can easily install with the newest release of Ubuntu (Utopic is not yet supported)
- Simple upgrade when a new version of Ubuntu is released.
- You can have multiple versions of Linux available at the same time
- Options to install various desktop environments within Ubuntu (xfde, lxde, kde, unity, etc).
- Easily install new Linux software from within Ubuntu.
- Easy backup (and restore) of the entire Ubuntu OS.
From the Crouton README.md file:
The benefit to this is that there is zero speed penalty since everything is run natively, and you aren’t wasting RAM to boot two OSes at the same time. The downside is that you must be running the correct chroot for your hardware, the software must be compatible with Chromium OS’s kernel, and machine resources are inextricably tied between the host Chromium OS and the guest OS. What this means is that while the chroot cannot directly access files outside of its view, it can access all of your hardware devices,
I MUCH prefer this to the dual boot option that I used previously. It is quick and easy to setup and use. It is transparent to the user and you can quickly (almost instantly) switch between OSes. Here is a screen shot of my Ubuntu screen. I will have a video of the process available shortly.