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The Acer C7 Chromebook is an absolute steal at £200 and it appears the revise unit also has better specs. I’ve added 16Gb or Ram in mine and to be honest can spend most of my time in ChromeOS. There are however times when having a full OS like Ubuntu is needed. It is possible to run both Ubuntu and Chrome OS on this device as I’ve outlined here http://blog.projectz.me/2013/02/02/getting-ubuntu-working-on-acer-c7/
Update how to install Ubuntu 13:04: http://blog.projectz.me/2013/04/28/ubuntu-13-04-raring-to-go-on-acer-c7-chromebook/
However there is a different way to do this.. While the method outlined above is great, it can be an absolute pain swapping in and out of each OS however thanks to some people smarter than me have put together a script which installs Ubuntu in a Chrome chroot environment. This means not only can you run both OS’s ChromeOS and Ubuntu12.04 at the same time, but CTRL – ALT F3 and CTRL ALT F1 will swap between the two environments both running at the some time So how do we do this?
Note that once developer mode is enabled and OS verification is turned off, it will take a lot longer for the computer to boot — although you can hit Ctrl + D to exit the OS verification screen more quickly.
turn on the Chromebook and enter the following key combination to get started:
Esc + Refresh button + Power button
The refresh button is the page refresh button in the top row, which you use to reload a web page.
This will cause the computer to reboot and show you a scary screen that talks about data loss.
Then you just sort of sit there for a while until your system reboots and disables OS verification.
You’ll hear a few beeps and then the Chromebook reboots another time.
On this last reboot the system will wipe your data and load the developer mode version of Chrome OS. That entire process takes about 5 minutes.
The Acer C7 should now be in Developer mode
This is a small script which when executed will install Ubuntu with the chosen GUI
Yes thats right ChromeOS has a terminal, press CTRL – ALT + T
This will bring up a Terminal window within Chrome Browser and a crosh prompt
You are now in a Bash shell and we are ready to install Ubuntu
You can install Ubuntu with a choice of GUI to see which one’s are available type
sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t help
And you will see
Available targets: chrome Google Chrome browser. Replaces Chromium if specified first. Requires: x11 core chrome-beta Google Chrome browser, beta. Replaces Chromium if specified first. Requires: x11 core chrome-dev Google Chrome browser, dev. Replaces Chromium if specified first. Requires: x11 core chromium Chromium browser. Uses the distro's version, which may be old. Requires: x11 core cli-extra Basic CLI tools such as wget and ssh. Requires: core core Performs core system configuration. Most users would want this. e17 Installs the enlightenment desktop environment. (Approx. 50MB) Requires: chromium gtk-extra gtk-extra GTK-based graphical system tools such as gdebi and gksu. Requires: x11 core kde Installs the KDE desktop environment. (Approx. 800MB) Requires: x11 core lxde Installs the LXDE desktop environment. (Approx. 200MB) Requires: chromium gtk-extra x11 core touch Touchscreen and limited generic gesture support. Requires: x11 core unity Installs the Unity desktop environment. (Approx. 700MB) Requires: chromium gtk-extra x11 core x11 Basic X11 install. Does not install any desktop environment. Requires: core xephyr Nested X11 install. Replaces X11 if specified first. Requires: core xfce Installs the Xfce desktop environment. (Approx. 250MB) Requires: chromium gtk-extra x11 core If you favour unity for example type sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t unity This will start the install script which will download about 700Mb of files, towards the end of the install you will be asked to choose a time zone and setup an account name.
The installer suggests a whole load of stuff about starting a chroot shell, ignore it..
obliviously if you chose kde you would type
The Ubuntu GUI will start
Pressing ALT CTRL and F1 (back) while in ubuntu will take you back to ChromeOS
Pressing ALT CTRL and F3 (reload) while in ChromeOS will take you to Ubuntu
At the price these devices are coming out it’s the perfect combination with this keypress swapping to provide apps such as skype and the solid platform of both Google ChromeOS and Ubuntu..