For many users, Google’s Crostini project that brings native Linux apps support to Chrome OS is still a ways off from being a viable solution. We are seeing more and more updates that are giving Crostini the tools needed to forgo dual-booting a Linux distro but until full GPU support becomes a reality, Crouton is still a go-to for many.
The keeper of Crouton, David Schneider, is a Google hardware engineer and he does an excellent job of maintaining the GitHub that houses Crouton and all its goodies.
Yesterday, in the same GitHub project, David posted that recent security enhancements have broken the long-used method of installing Crouton on Chrome OS and in turn has called upon the internet to update tutorials and how-tos for the benefit of all who use Crouton.
All-in-all, the end result is the same but the method in which the installer is launched requires some tweaking. Here’s the new method for running Crouton on Chrome OS.
Warning: If you are not familiar with running Crouton, please read the project notes in full. The steps require putting your device in Developer mode and this will disable verified boot for your device. In short, if you break your Chromebook, you’re on your own. You have been warned. If you are completely unfamiliar with Crouton and what it does and is used for, you can probably stop reading here as you don’t need to be tinkering with this.
,Presuming you have your device in Developer mode, you will first want to download the latest release of Crouton. You can do so here. Then, open a Crosh window using
Now, run the following command to prep the installer:
sudo install -Dt /usr/local/bin -m 755 ~/Downloads/crouton
Next, you can run the installer and fire up the standard Ubuntu interface with the following command.
sudo crouton -t xfce
Wait for the prompts and sit back while it installs. If you’re a Crouton aficionado, you know which commands to use for your particular distro and interface. You can find more detailed instructions on the project’s ReadMe page here.
It is awesome to see David continuing the great work on the Crouton project and on behalf of countless users, I say well done sir. Good form. We will get our original tutorial updated and hopefully get a new how-to video produced in the near future.
See David’s original post and find out more about the security update here.Shop Chromebooks On Amazon
Source: GitHub via Dennis L.