I want to use desktop Linux apps on my Chromebook, pick up where I left off every time I boot on campus and not bog town my hard-wired 2 GB RAM running heavyweight software.
crouton (Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment)
sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t audio,xiwi,cli-extra,gtk-extra,xfce -r trusty
- the -e makes the chroot (a Linux operating system instance within a Linux operating) encrypted
- – t stands for “targets” and I choose:
- audio for the chroot to use ChromeOS for audio, as I have had problem with no sound without it
- cli-extra and gtk-exta are just some extra command line interface and GTK programs since I am using a minimal desktop environment (DE) install at ~250 MB
- xfce is the default DE for crouton. Very basic and not my favourite but it’s doesn’t take that much RAM and with my new xiwi and X2Go approach, I may not get to annoyed for this traditional desktop on my touch screen.
- – r is for release, Trusty is the current Long Term Support version of Ubuntu so it’s fairly recent but not bleeding edge unsupported stuff that can ruin your day when you have something due.
xiwi (X11 in a Window) target
You used to have to run your chroots fullscreen in crouton but now you can also run the desktop in a browser window. I prefer Firefox but found it slow in crouon GNOME 12.04 ect. and it can be redundant to have two big browser running on limited hardware. More so in the future I imagine as Firefox is standardizing add-ons to be like Chrome extensions.
I tried xiwi when after reading a blog post about it on release but did not realize that you could just pick individual applications to run in windows and tabs! Ooooh …ahhhh! The possibilities…
They use GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) as an example on their GitHub wiki .
You can download a picture and then fire up GIMP to edit it.
sudo enter-chroot -b xiwi gimp ~/Downloads/img.jpg
I am looking forward to using it for Emacs out-and-about as well.
X2Go client install
sudo apt-get install x2goclient
- no sound in ubuntu MATE 14.04 on DigitalOcean server
- …. I tried adding pulseaudio daemon to startup …. no luck
$ sudo alsa force-reload Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: (none loaded). Loading ALSA sound driver modules: (none to reload).
- I wonder if I could somehow visualize sound output to the X2Go client? …. yet I don’t have time for this problem at the moment