October 6th, 2013, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by EarlyMon
I've been intrigued ever since nick said he was dual-booting Ubuntu on a Chromebook.
And my granddaughter needs something new, so I found the Acer c710-2847 and searching here, see it's the same one nick has.
(But not at the price he scored.
That's the same one I've been looking at...for weeks now...on Amazon. Right now it's $243. I just can't make up my bleeping mind.
Anyway, I found this and was intrigued - it's not dual boot, it's more like a VM because you just pop and back forth between ChromeOS and Ubuntu with a keyboard shortcut, it's called crouton.
How to Install Linux on a Chromebook and Unlock Its Full Potential
And I found by looking at their github that you can apparently get the following desktops - Unity, Gnome, KDE, Cinnamon, LXDE (I've used that on my phone lol), XFCE4, XMBC, e17 (iow, latest Enlightenment, not too shabby) or just a CLI. And according to the crouton wiki, you can also use awesome and they provide the simple X11 commands to start that.
So... that sounds pretty good to me to get a new HS student started.
One guy even got Steam working - Steam on crouton ubuntu on chromebook :: Steam for Linux General Discussions
It looks like the initial setup is for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - and naturally my next thing was to see what other distributions were available. The github explains how to look for releases and which distros they belong to - https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton
But being lazy, I found this and it was interesting - Ubuntu 13.04 raring to go on Acer C7 Chromebook | projectz
So I got curious and looking further, it looks like it supports Ubuntu Saucy Salamander (13.10) and Debian wheezy, jessie and sid (lol) if I'm not mistaken.
2 GB ram, a basic Celeron processor, 320 GB HD, actual ports (HDMI, USB), and the ability to hot swap between ChromeOS and any of that - I'm not seeing the downside to this for less than $250 (and I'm wishing that I'd found the closeout nick did for $99 lmao).
Thought that some might find this interesting, cheers.
Interesting, indeed. Thanks for sharing.