Running Linux on a Chromebook: How to install & get the best of both worlds

Julio Franco

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Mouldy CPU

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In step number 1, those pound signs/hash tags in you got after executing 'sudo su -' mean you were in superuser mode, so you could've left out all the 'sudo' in the commands that followed and saved yourself a few keystrokes.
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Mace Moneta

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You can get much of the same functionality without developer mode if your Chromebook supports Android apps by using the Gnuroot Debian app from the play store. It gives you a Linux environment where you can run your favorite Linux applications, exchanging data with the running ChromeOS / Android environment.


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I'm running a crouton Trusty chroot on a C720 now. It's a bit unstable compared, to a traditional GNU Linux system, but I'm interested in trying it on a new SSD Chromebook. Assuming that I buy the fastest available memory, will a USB 3.0 flash stick or an SD card in the Chromebook's SD slot provide the best performance for my new crouton chroot system?


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My personal choice for Linux is booting a DVD loaded with the KNOPPIX ISO. This leaves the laptop unaltered and yet the ISO will auto configure to the existing hardware. Of course accessing runtime files off a DVD is slow so performance sucks, but for a quick look or small task, it's also non-intrusive to the host system.