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How To Install Ubuntu On Chromebook

Chromebook runs on the Chrome OS, which is based on the Linux kernel, but it is a closed source. You can install Linux on the Chromebook in three ways – Dual boot Linux with the Chrome OS, Remove Chrome OS and install the Linux, and Install Linux inside the Chrome OS and then switch between the Chrome OS & the Linux using crouton. Now, let’s see how to install Ubuntu on Chromebook.

Step-1: Go to the developer mode

  1. Hold the refresh and Esc keys while you press the power key.
  2. Now, the Chromebook will reboot and enter the recovery mode.
  3. The message saying that the Chrome OS is missing will appear on the screen.
  4. Press the Control and D keys together to open the OS verification screen.
  5. Next, press the Enter key to turn off OS verification.
  6. Again, press the Ctrl and the D keys together to go to the developer mode.
  7. Wait until the computer restarts.
  8. Later, configure the Chrome OS developer.

Step-2: Install Ubuntu on Chromebook

  1. From a browser, visit the Github webpage of crouton.
  2. Download crouton on your Chromebook.
  3. On the Chrome web browser, press the Ctrl, Alt, and T keys together to open the crosh terminal in a new tab.
  4. Input the command shell and press Enter.
  5. Next, type the below command line and run it.
  6. sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton –t xfce
  7. At the end of the installation, you will be asked to create a username and password.

Step-3: Start using Ubuntu

  1. Once the installation is done, enter the below command to start Ubuntu.
  2. sudo startxfce4
  3. The above code varies for different device models.
  4. You have now logged into the Ubuntu session.

Step-4: Switch between Ubuntu and Chrome OS

  1. Press the Ctrl, Alt, Shift, and Back keys at once to switch to the previous OS.
  2. The Back key is not the Backspace key.

Install Ubuntu On Chromebook