How to install Ubuntu on a Chromebook In today's open source roundup: Use Crouton to run Ubuntu on your Chromebook. Plus: The Register reviews Linux Mint 17.1, and part two of how to run Linux on Android devices
How to run Ubuntu on your Chromebook
Chromebooks are red-hot right now in terms of sales, with numerous examples popping up on Amazon's list of bestselling laptop computers. Many people have discovered that Chromebooks work very well for their computing needs. But a time may come when you need more than just Chrome OS, and for that Ubuntu might be just what the doctor ordered.
Swapnil Bhartiya at Linux.com shows you how to install Ubuntu on your Chromebook:
There are many ways to install a Linux-based OS on your Chromebook. For this tutorial I have chosen Crouton (aka Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment), which is a set of scripts that bundle up into an easy-to-use, Chromium OS-centric chroot generator. The scripts are hosted on GitHub and currently support only Ubuntu and Debian. It offers various desktop environments including Xfce, Unity, and KDE.
Some of the advantages of Crouton are that unlike other methods, you don’t have to reboot your machine to switch operating systems; you can switch between them using keyboard shortcuts as if you are switching between two apps. I tested it on a Samsung Chromebook.
Back in March, Dan Graziano at CNet also took a stab at getting Ubuntu to run on a Chromebook:
Any Chromebook is capable of installing Ubuntu, however I recommend using a model that is equipped with an Intel processor. Chromebooks that include an ARM processor will not be compatible with a majority of Linux programs. You will have a more enjoyable experience if you use a newer model with better internal hardware.
It will also help to use some sort of external storage such as a flash drive or an SD card for more space to install any additional programs.
Chrome Unboxed has a YouTube video that walks you through an Ubuntu install on a Chromebook:
The Register reviews Linux Mint 17.1
Linux Mint 17.1 has been in the news a lot lately, with a release candidate available for users to check out. Now The Register weighs in with an early review, and it likes what it sees.