I recently bought a Chromebook and followed the steps in this video to install Ubuntu via crouton.

Once I logged into Ubuntu I logged out again, which brought me back to the chromeOS.

I hit CTRL+ALT+T to bring up the command screen, but don't know how to log back in with the username I created.

I have been running these commands to log in

sudo enter-chroot
sudo startxfce4

But this logs me in as root, which isn't ideal since I want to use Chromium browser.

I have no GUI to log in either and Chrome keeps starting in developer mode.

I have been searching and reading for hours and everything tells me how to log in as Root/Superuser which is the opposite of what I want to accomplish.

1 Answer 1


startxfce4 starts XFCE as the user you run it as - root in this case.

To use GUI login, you have to install a display manager. For Xfce4 I believe it's LightDM.

  • I am very new to this so bear with me. On the terminal in the chromeOS what do I type in? I did sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop and it ran and I restarted and it still comes to the same screen. I am way over my head with this. All I was trying to do was install a NES emulator and download some ROMs. I have the emulator just need the ROMs but cant open chromium browser because im logged in as root.
    – user310069
    Jul 29, 2014 at 11:56
  • Can't answer this - never used chromeOS. Jul 29, 2014 at 11:58
  • I had the same issue with using chrome/chromium in the chroot. While not a solution, you could sudo apt-get install firefox and just use firefox?
    – Mitch
    Jul 29, 2014 at 12:17
  • I reset the device and am trying it over. It's not a good idea to surf the web as root from what I read, which is why chromuim blocks you from opening it while logged in as root
    – user310069
    Jul 29, 2014 at 12:54
  • I believe I am going to run into the same issue once I turn off the device.
    – user310069
    Jul 29, 2014 at 17:13

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