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SSH Is Easy! Linux’s best kept secret.

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Read this first SSH: An Easier-Than-You-Thought Tutorial by Paul Arnote (parnote)

I had no problem with this:

ssh -l paul_lenovo

-l (small L) logs the listed computer as a trusted computer, and we only have to do this once (per remote machine, per local machine).

though to log-out I used “logout” not “~.”


ssh -v remote_account_name@remote_ip_address

…worked fine!


ssh -v -X remote_account_name@remote_ip_address

gave me an error:

X11 forwarding request failed on channel 0

This turned out to be because IPv6 was disabled:

$ sysctl net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6
$ net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1

The easy answer was:

1) Adding the following to your sshd_config (/etc/ssh/sshd_config)
AddressFamily inet
2) Restart SSH

Hell Yeah!

Typed “thunar” and after a brief delay there was my remote file manager forwarded to my desktop.

Sheer magic.


Ensure you have OpenSSH client and the OpenSSH server installed.

sudo nmap -sP scans your network and lists all of your devices.


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August 27, 2013 at 9:48 pm

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






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/

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

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


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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Note: xfce appfinder slow to start – try “xfce4-appfinder -c –disable-server”

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xfce4-appfinder -c –disable-server

via tmartiro

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May 5, 2013 at 4:04 am

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