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HP Chromebook: Xfce Setup and Apps

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To add Xfce to your HP Chromebook you need to go here first.

Now on with the configuring of your new Xfce Desktop… :-)

Xfce Setup and Apps

sudo apt-get install arandr

sudo apt-get install synaptic

file-roller

gnome-system-monitor

pina

keepassx

Appearance

Icons > Harmony.

Rendering > enable anti-aliasing: slight, rbg

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August 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

HP Chromebook: Crouton-Xfce: Double-click action maximize

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The double-click action can be set by opening the Settings dialog called “Window Manager”. Under the Advanced tab, if you scroll down to the last item which is Double-click action you can select shade, hide, maximize, fill or nothing.

You may have to unset then set, or…

Try changing the mouse double-click Time and Distance settings to see if that helps (Settings Manager -> Mouse and Touchpad -> Behavior). Perhaps the settings are too low and the double-click event doesn’t happen fast enough (or the mouse moves too much).

Changed from 250 > 350.

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August 24, 2013 at 7:27 am

HP Chromebook: Crouton-Xfce: Adding Chrome

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1. In Chromebook Pop open a shell (Ctrl+Alt+T, type shell and hit enter).

2 Run:

sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t chrome -r raring

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August 24, 2013 at 6:06 am

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HP Chromebook: Crouton-Xfce: Dual Monitor: aRandR

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1. Run:

sudo apt-get install arandr

2. Open Arandr (menu > settings > arandr) and move the monitors to the desired position using drag and drop

Screen Layout Editor_020

3. Apply select Layout > Save As, enter a name for this layout and save it.

This creates a script under ~/.screenlayout 

4. Add a new Launcher to the panel > properties > add new empty item:

Name: Dual Screen

Command: /home/yourname/.screenlayout/doublescreen.sh

Icon: Insert Image


Arandr is a simple GUI for XRandR:

In multi monitors setups, Xubuntu / Xfce clones (mirrors) instead of expanding the display to the external monitor so use Arandr to extend the display instead of cloning (mirror) it.

 Details Here.

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August 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Just 5 steps to add Xfce to your HP Chromebook (via Crouton)

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1. Enable Developer Mode:

Note: wipes your Chromebook.

Start with the Chromebook off
Press hold esc and F3, then press the power button
Control + D
Turn off OS verification by pressing enter
This will then reformat the drive for you (takes about 15 minutes).

Note: Whenever you boot your Chromebook, you’ll see a warning screen.
You’ll need to press Ctrl+D or wait 30 seconds to continue booting.

2. Grab the latest release from goo.gl/fd3zc.

Download it, pop open a shell (Ctrl+Alt+T, type shell and hit enter).

3. sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t xfce -r raring

4. Enter a user name and password when promoted.

5. sudo startxfce4

Done!

To switch from ChromeOS to Xfce and back use:

Ctrl+Alt+Back and Ctrl+Alt+Forward plus Ctrl+Alt+Refresh


Very detailed walk through and screen shots here:

How to Install Ubuntu Linux on Your Chromebook with Crouton

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August 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm

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Adding Xfce to your HP Chromebook with crouton

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Really easy and it works great!

Geek Note: Long term I’m going to use Crouton to install Xfce which uses the chroot command to run Xfce on top of the Chrome OS, which is already based on Linux. Unlike dual-booting, that means you can switch between Chrome OS and Xubuntu with a quick keyboard shortcut, no reboots necessary.[ Edit 20.08.13: This works great:) ]

How to Install Ubuntu Linux on Your Chromebook with Crouton

https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton

crouton: Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment

crouton is a set of scripts that bundle up into an easy-to-use, Chromium OS-centric chroot generator. Currently Ubuntu and Debian are supported (using debootstrap behind the scenes), but “Chromium OS Debian, Ubuntu, and Probably Other Distros Eventually Chroot Environment” doesn’t acronymize as well (crodupodece is admittedly pretty fun to say, though).

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August 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

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HP Pavilion 14-c002sa Chromebook a steal at £199

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HP Chrombook and 24in external

From me on Amazon:

Very nice and quiet – 4GB of RAM and good build quality for the price

By SilverWave

I wanted a quiet replacement for an existing PC, so I bought this for £199 and can’t believe how good it is.
I have connected it to my 24in Samsung monitor and it automatically configured its self :-)

Loads of ports so I have connected all my external kit from the old PC:
A Saitek keyboard (USB) Note: Media keys work!
A Logitech mouse (USB).
A Logitech 3.1 sound system (headphone socket).
24in Samsung monitor (HDMI).

Preparation: I enabled Chrome syncing on my main Google account, so when logging on to the Chromebook for the first time, everything came across automatically (Extensions, Passwords, Tabs etc.,).

Network: Has WiFi but also Ethernet which is convenient.
Video: Happy to report that Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube work fine.
Screen: The 14inch screen is quite nice, and can be used at the same time as an external.
Sound: Fine for watching Netflix etc..
Trackpad: Nice and responsive.
Software: Obviously you should know that you are getting Chrome and web apps, that’s fine for me.
Summary: All in all no idea how they produce this for £199.

GeekNote: Long term I’m going to use Crouton to install Xfce which uses the chroot command to run Xfce on top of the Chrome OS, which is already based on Linux. Unlike dual-booting, that means you can switch between Chrome OS and Xfce with a quick keyboard shortcut, no reboots necessary.[ Edit 20.08.13: This works great:) ]

Note about Amazon Title: Processor Type is an Intel Celeron also no DVD-RW.

Note 20.08.13: Also redeemed the Google Drive storage offer of an extra 100GB for 2 years (normally $4.99 a month). After the 2 years your data is still available you just cant add more.

I used the Google Ninja support form, as the File manager Offer button kept saying “Invalid”.

Note: The battery may not last all day as some Chromebooks do, but as I’m using it as a desktop replacement that is not a issue, YMMV.

From HP:

The HP Pavilion Chromebook gives you fast and easy access to the things you love and depend on, from a world of Google apps and services to your photos and social networks. And since it’s the first Chromebook with a 14-inch diagonal design, you get full-size comfort without giving up full-on mobility.

  • Google Chrome OS
  • Intel® Celeron® 847
  • 35.5 cm (14″)
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 16 GB SSD

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August 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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