Create Recovery Media
Switch To Developer Mode
Esc + Refresh + Power Button
|Enter Recovery Mode On HP Chromebook|
CTRL + DA message will appear stating that you are about to enter developer mode and that this voids your warranty. This is why you need to create a recovery drive first.
If you are happy to continue press the enter key.
|Enter Developer Mode On HP Chromebook|
Install Ubuntu Using Crouton
CTRL + ALT + T
To install Ubuntu with the Unity desktop enter the following command:
sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -r trusty -t unity -e
I am not going to go into too much detail about the command.
Please read the original guide to installing Ubuntu on the HP Chromebook to find out about all the switches.
All you really need to know is that the above command installs Ubuntu 14.04, which is the LTS version, with the Unity desktop.
How long this process takes depends on your internet connection speed. It took about 45 minutes on my Chromebook.
When the script is near the end you will be asked to enter the name of a user to be associated with Ubuntu and a password. This will be your login information for Ubuntu.
NOTE: To get back to Chrome after Ubuntu starts press CTRL + ALT + LEFT ARROW
(The left arrow is the one next to the ESC button at the top).
When the installation is complete you will be back at the command prompt. To start Ubuntu enter the following command:
Setting Up Ubuntu
|Ubuntu On The HP Chromebook|
This is the section that really improves on the previous guide as it shows how to get Ubuntu to be just like the Ubuntu you would install on a normal laptop.
As you can see from the screenshot above, this is a barebones Ubuntu and Unity install. There are no applications installed.
To set up Ubuntu properly open up a terminal window by using the following key combination:
CTRL + ALT + TA terminal window will open.
Now enter the following command into the window:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktopEnter your password when asked to do so.
All of the files required for Ubuntu will now be downloaded, extracted and installed. Again this can take some time depending on your internet connection.
Restart Ubuntu to see the changes.
Starting Ubuntu On Subsequent Boots Of The ChromebookWhenever you start the Chromebook from a powered off position you will find yourself at the following screen.
|HP Chromebook In Developer Mode|
Press CTRL + D to enter ChromeOS.
From ChromeOS open a Chrome browser window and press CTRL + ALT + T to open a terminal.
Enter shell into the terminal window to reach a command shell.
Finally type sudo startunity to start Ubuntu.