My new Chromebook


I bought an ASUS Chromebook Flip 10.1″ Touchscreen Laptop (Quad Core, 4GB, 16GB eMMC) – Aluminum Chassis. I know it is like a dumb terminal (browser), but as a Linux fan my intention is to install Linux on it. Boy that thing is thin – love it.

  • With 10-finger touchscreen, ASUS Chromebook C100 can be flipped over from 0 to 360 degree, using it as a Chromebook, or a tablet.
  • Quad-Core ARM 1.8GHz processor with 4GB RAM, Wireless 802.11 A/C
  • Built with aluminum chassis, 10.1″ HD IPS Display 1280 x 800. HD Webcam
  • Run android apps

When start it Chrome OS comes in no time. You have a browser and all Android apps in your disposal.

Next step was to switch to developers mode and 20 minutes later I am back in Chrome OS. Pressing Ctrl-Alt-T  opens a terminal. Punching shell word in it brings me to a Bash shell.

Downloaded Crouton (the tool which allows me to install Linux distributions along stock ChromeOS)

Using this tool you will be able to install couple of flavours of Linux. It is basically a script which does heavy lifting.


sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r list

Can see the available choices.

My distro of choice was Debian Linux unstable with LXDE window manager. By launching

sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -t kde-desktop -r sid

task was completed.

To start the installed OS:

sudo startkde

Yay it works!

To switch back to Chrome OS: Ctrl-Alt-Shift- Left_arrow

And again in Debian: Ctrl-Alt-Shift- Right_arrow without even rebooting.

The performance is quite nice and you get the best of both worlds. LXDE works nicely with all it’s tools. I have apt-get / synaptic available to install more stuff.Firefox is installed by default. Sound works fine, Wifi network as well. Touch work quite nicely for this 10.1″ puppy. Display is crisp and bright.

The only problem I am fighting now is to run certain GUI apps in Debian which give me error for a missing library. For example starting mplayer, libreoffice, konsole, KDE, etc unable to find a library file. I have to figure out how to get that running.

Update: Figured how to install missing library to run GUI apps like KDE:

apt install libgl1-glvnd-nvidia-glx

All good now.

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