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

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Scott Gilbertson at The Register reviews Linux Mint 17.1:

Having tested the latest releases of most major Linux distros in the past two months - Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Elementary and Mint, I can say confidently that Mint 17.1 with Cinnamon 2.4 is hands down the best of the bunch. With a desktop that's fast, elegant and user friendly, a stable base and the extensive package system Ubuntu is famous for, Mint is the best of several worlds.

More at The Register

Part two of how to run Linux on your Android device

In one of last week's roundups, I included a link to the first part of an article on how to run Linux on Android devices. Now part two of that article is available.

Gavin Thomas at Linux User & Developer on how to run Linux on Android:

If you want to make full use of Linux on your Android device, the best solutions require rooting it and unlocking its bootloader (see ‘Rooting questions’ section below). Whichever way you do it, this a major step as it will void your warranty and also runs a risk of ‘soft-bricking’ the device – although it can be made to work again if that happens. Another drawback is that unlocking the bootloader will factory-reset your phone and erase all its apps and data, so ensure that you make a backup beforehand.

Once you’ve rooted your phone and unlocked the bootloader, you are able to install and run a compatible Linux distro within a chroot environment on the device. The easiest way to do this is by using one of the installer apps available in the Play Store. We tested out Complete Linux Installer and Linux Deploy.

More at Linux User & Developer

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