This blog post details the steps I took to install XFCE on my Chromebook and tweak it to look like the new Elementary OS!
- First you'll need to enable developer mode on your chromebook.
- Note: this will wipe all your local data, most of your stuff should be in the clouds anyway, but quickly backup your local data first.
- Press and hold Esc and Refresh and then press the Power button.
- Your Chromebook will reboot into Recovery Mode.
- As soon as you see the Recovery Mode pop up, press Ctrl+d. Press Enter.
- This will take about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Eventually it will reboot into Chrome OS and you are now in developer mode.
- Note: some older chromebooks have a physical switch that enables developer mode. If you're not sure just do a search on how to enable developer mode for your particular model.
- Now download the crouton script from this page: https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton
- Press Ctrl-Alt-t to start a new crosh session (chrome os terminal)
- sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t xfce
- this will run for awhile
- it will prompt you for a username / password
- sudo startxfce4
- this brings you into your new linux install.
- Here's what it looks like so far:
Note: Ctrl-Alt-Back and Ctrl-Alt-Forward will toggle you between Chrome OS and XFCE.
- sudo apt-get install vim python-software-properties
- vim for editing
- python-software-properties is added to get add-apt-repository
- sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install wingpanel slingshot-launcher plank elementary-theme elementary-icon-theme
Ok, so now that all the programs and themes have been installed, it's time to start adding some tweaks.
- Select Greybird theme
- Increase font size to 12
- Change button layout to Close - Title - Maximize
Window Manager Tweaks:
- Check Enable display compositing
- Check the options you want under compositing.
- select elementary style
- select elementary icons
- increase font to 12 and tweak to your liking.
Session and Startup:
- remove xfce4_panels from Session. you can't really delete it so just select Never for Restart Style.
- add wingpanel and plank to Application AutoStart
Now logout and login. It should look a lot better now!
At this point you've disabled the default xfce panels and replaced them with the wingpanel and plank programs. The slingshot-launcher works from the wingpanel applications link. Now just cleanup the Desktop and add your own custom tweaks.
- remove icons by unchecking all the Default Icons
- change wallpaper
Now you should have something that looks a lot like the Elementary OS!
Please write your comments, I'd love to hear how you like your new "Luna Chromebook"!