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Hi,

So, this is a bit outside of the OSX religion of things - but got my hands on a Samsung chromebook series 3, cute little machine, reminds me alot about a cheap Macbook air .. but with a weird and messed up OS on it.

ChromeOS is great and all.. but if you want to tinker a bit more then its time to look for different alternatives - and there certainly is a few out there.

I decided to take Ubuntu LTS (currently 12.04) out for a spin.. wich.. lets just say.. wasent as easy as i hoped.

Anyway, here is my notes on the subject, i hope this helps to get somebody else going.


Requirements:
* A Samsung chromebook series 3
* ChomeOS booted in dev mode
 

 

Prepare for dev. mode:

  1. BACKUP ANY IMPORTANT DATA
  2. Turn of the machine
  3. Hold ESC+RELOAD buttons and press once on the power button (This will bring up a warning about going to boot mode, press CTRL+D to go into dev. mode.. notice all data will be removed)
  4. Once inside chromeos, open a terminal by pressing: CTRL+ALT+F2
  5. Login as chronos
  6. Install the dev. firmware by running: sudo chromeos-firmwareupdate mode=todev

We are now in 100% correct dev. mode and the real fun can start.

Download and installations
We will be using chrubuntu for installation, you can find more info about it here: http://chromeos-cr48.blogspot.se/2013/05/chrubuntu-one-script-to-rule-them-all_31.html

For my setup i wanted the Unity and LTS, so i use the following command to download and install Ubuntu.

>> curl -L -O http://goo.gl/s9ryd; sudo bash s9ryd ubuntu-desktop lts

.. ubuntu will now be downloaded and installed, the machine will automatic reboot after installation.
The default username is "user" with password "user"

 

Fixes:
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Flash player
Get Chromium from the Software Center then run this
mkdir /tmp/chrome
sudo mount /dev/mmcblk0p3 /tmp/chrome -o ro
sudo cp /tmp/chrome/opt/google/chrome/pepper/lib­pepflashplayer.so /usr/lib/
echo "CHROMIUM_FLAGS=\"--enable-logging --enable-smooth-scrolling --log-level=1 --scroll-pixels=30 --ppapi-flash-path=/usr/lib/libpepflashp­layer.so --ppapi-flash-version=\"$(egrep "^VERSION=" /tmp/chrome/opt/google/chrome/pepper/pep­per-flash.info|sed -e 's/^VERSION=//' -e 's/\"//g')\"\"" | sudo tee -a /etc/chromium-browser/default
sudo umount /tmp/chrome

rm -rf /tmp/chrome

Touchpad Fix
mkdir ~/backup
sudo mv /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/* ~/backup/
cd /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/
sudo wget http://craigerrington.com/chrome/x_alarm_chrubuntu.zip
sudo unzip x_alarm_chrubuntu.zip
sudo rm x_alarm_chrubuntu.zip

Keyboard layout
sudo gedit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-keyboard.c­onf
edit the "gb" to whatever keyboard layout you use. For me it's "us"

PPA FIXES 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hrw/my-own-packages
sudo apt-get update
let update manager run updates

SOUND FIX
In terminal, run alsamixer
 

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You seem like the right person to ask ;) About:

 

On 1/26/2014 at 8:41 PM, Leon said:

this is a bit outside of the OSX religion of things

 

how so? I see debian package manager syntax. The same kind of syntax when Jailbreaking iOS. And doesn't MacOS have its roots in UNIX too?

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Not sure i quite understand the question ? .. MacOS is based on UNIX... Unix and Linux is not quite the same.. some as as different as OS/2 was from Windows

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On 5/1/2018 at 11:16 PM, Leon said:

Not sure i quite understand the question ? .. MacOS is based on UNIX... Unix and Linux is not quite the same.. some as as different as OS/2 was from Windows

 

So is FreeBSD, and your point is what exactly? :P What I was trying to say is ... it ain't offtopic. Lately been messing with https://docs.brew.sh/ which closes the gap between MacOS and Linux (Debian based distro's) even more. And found my ZOC (MacOS) app alternative in Secure Shell App (Chrome). Windows is the only thing that's very different with their .NET shit.

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