This Post will describe the process for installing XFCE Ubuntu 12.04 on your Samsung ARM Chromebook.
Things you will need.
- Samsung ARM Chromebook in Developer mode (I will explain how to do this)
- Crouton Download it Here (You will need to download this after you put your chromebook in developer mode as the process wipes your chromebook)
- A good internet connection (your chromebook will be downloading about 1 GiB of stuff)
First things first, you should know that everything on your chromebook with the exception of things that you have downloaded directly to the chromebook itself, check your downloads folder for stuff, are backed up/ stored on the cloud and will be restored when you log back in after this process is done. This is the beauty of a chromebook, not having to worry about losing your applications or documents regardless of how you lose, break, or damage your chromebook.
Putting your chromebook into Developer mode
Put your chromebook in developer mode- Hold down ESC and the Refresh button and tap the power button. This will take your chromebook into recovery mode.
(example of recovery page)
At the recovery screen press CTRL+D it will ask you to confirm, just confirm until it starts the recovery process.
This process will take about 15-20 minutes but can last as long as 30 minutes make sure to have the chromebook plugged in.
(example of progress screen)
After it is finished your chromebook will reboot. From this point whenever you reboot your chromebook you will be warned that you’re in developer mode. This is just a warning to alert you. This screen will display for 30 seconds or to move it along just press CTRL+D. Once it has booted, for the first time, you will be asked to login just as you did when your chromebook was brand new out of the box. Login and let it do its thing until it is logged all the way in. Just close out the Startup Guide that comes up. You should now be looking at your empty desktop.
Make sure to reconnect your chromebook to wifi as the next steps require an internet connection.
Installing XFCE Linux on your chromebook
Download Crouton Download it Here
Once Downloaded hit CTRL+ALT+T to open the native terminal emulator
Once Open type shell and hit enter
You should now have a window that looks like this
Type the following command into the terminal and hit enter. This will install Linux XFCE on your chromebook. This process takes a while so go get something to eat watch an episode of Dr. Who (definitely recommend the second one) and come back later. Make sure to leave your chromebook plugged in
sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t xfce
After it has installed you will have a few prompts to fill out. The first being some sort of hard drive temperature monitor setting, just use whatever is selected and hit enter all the way through it. Next it will prompt you for you name, username, and password for the account. I would suggest using the same username and password combination that you use for your chromebook account so that you don’t forget. i.e. if your email is email@example.com and your password is fullhouse then you would use bobsagget without the @gmail portion and fullhouse as your password.
Once it is done type the following command to start the linux side of your laptop.
The screen will go black and then you will see the Linux Desktop.
Also to Switch back and forth between Chrome OS and Linux use CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+(backwards and forwards keys next to escape)
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