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You hear everyone talking about wanting Ubuntu on their Chromebook. I'm looking to install the Ubuntu server and completely remove ChromeOS. Is this possible? If so how?

Thank you.

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    It depends on the make and model of Chromebook. I am familiar with Acer 720. It is possible on that machine.
    – user68186
    Aug 10, 2015 at 0:35

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I would try keeping Chrome OS because this will avoid having to configure the hardware if you remove it. Then install your preferred Ubuntu flavor via Crouton.

Source: https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton
View targets or desktop environments:

sh ~/Downloads/crouton -t help

View available releases (I believe 'help' also works.):

 sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r list

Then I would just install the needed server packages. How to make a home server using Ubuntu desktop?

You may want to choose to install CLI only and build from there: https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton#i-dont-always-use-linux-but-when-i-do-i-use-cli
(The crouton page is full of beneficial info.)

You will want to keep the laptop from sleeping. This may be problematic.
https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton/issues/210

It looks like eliminating Chrome OS and just installing Ubuntu is involved and possibly risky.

(If it doesn't work out, you may want to just spend $70 on a Raspberry Pi instead to use as a server.)

I hope it works out!

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  • Crouton uses ChromOS kernel and is not an official version of Ubuntu. It is off topic here.
    – user68186
    Aug 9, 2015 at 23:29
  • @user68186 Thanks for letting me know. I did not realize that. I now see here: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/13756/…
    – jbrock
    Aug 9, 2015 at 23:41
  • I didn't know with Crouton you could choose your Ubuntu flavor. Thank you @user68186 , I'll get to it know.
    – BDK
    Aug 10, 2015 at 2:30

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