Is it possible to install Ubuntu 13.04 and later releases on a Chromebook 550 like you would on a Windows laptop etc? I'm thinking of getting one of these Chromebooks to do this and run it alongside Chrome OS or maybe replacing Chrome OS. Thanks all!
Now, on to the tutorial! I’ll be using a 16GB Sandisk Extreme SD card for this tutorial. At 20MB/s it’s not the fastest out there, but my Extreme Pro cards are all filled with important pictures so I couldn’t use one this time around. As a side note, 99% of the problems I have had with installing ubuntu have been to do with SD card formatting and partition labels. The best thing to do is simply to use a brand new memory card that has no leftover junk on it. I have had success with formatting a memory card in a camera. If you have any issues, please email me using the contact page and I will help you figure it out. For good measure, I like to format the card in the ChromeOS file app too:
Step 1: Download the script
Simon has created a .sh file (shell script) that does a LOT of the work for you. This script can be found here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6ujqV3C76WhaktVbEFuanNQN2s/edit?usp=sharing or http://paste.ubuntu.com/6148392/
Download to your “Downloads” folder on the chromebook – do NOT rename it (or name it
Step 2: Running the script
Head over to your console by pressing Ctrl+Alt+→. Log in as “chronos” (simply type chronos on the first line and hit enter).
Now you want to unmount your SD card so it can be worked on, by typing
Once unmounted, it’s time to run the script!
You may need to hit enter a couple of times to get it running. If you see a “
Let the install process finish out.
Step 3: Reboot
As instructed, it’s time to reboot. Simply type
Step 4: Installing Ubuntu
You’re VERY nearly finished. It’s time to get Ubuntu up and running. The first thing you will want to do is log in as root. Simply type root and hit enter. Let’s take a minute and set the root password, by typing
Here’s a picture of the full process (including where I tried to add a password before having a user, and tried to add a user with an uppercase letter – I’m human too…lol):
Now let’s get connected to wi-fi so that you can finish the install. Type
FINALLY, once connected to the internet, type
Enjoy!! Many thanks to Alex for making me aware of the script that automates this process, as well as outlining the shell commands to get operational! You can thank him on Twitter @androidfilehost or by heading over to www.androidfilehost.com
Our sincerest thanks to Simon Porter for creating the script in question – you can thank him on Google+ here.