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Thread: Can you install Ubuntu, or Xubuntu on a Acer c720 Chromebook?

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    Can you install Ubuntu, or Xubuntu on a Acer c720 Chromebook?

    Can you install Ubuntu, or Xubuntu on a Acer c720 Chromebook?
    Tried crouton and that would not boot back into xubuntu after reboot. the hot keys didn't work either.

    Is there a way to get the bios to boot from a Xubuntu usb drive? Thanks

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    Re: Can you install Ubuntu, or Xubuntu on a Acer c720 Chromebook?

    Crouton, is the only way I have read about, but is not supported by chrome book or Ubuntu.
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    Re: Can you install Ubuntu, or Xubuntu on a Acer c720 Chromebook?

    Moved to Other Operating Systems.
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    Re: Can you install Ubuntu, or Xubuntu on a Acer c720 Chromebook?

    I had a 2GB Acer C720 from 2013 and replaced the firmware, then installed Ubuntu Server with a light GUI. Ran that for about 2 yrs. Had to do some keyboard mappings. And before the firmware could be replaced, I had to find and remove the write-protect screw from inside the case. While I was there, I swapped out the 16G SSD for a 120G SSD.

    I also ran 1 VM under it, but with just 2GB of RAM, it had to be very light. The CPU was a Celeron 2995U - which was impressive for the price, before all chromebooks started using those terrible Nxxx CPUs.

    I can't imagine that running xubuntu would be any issue at all.

    I don't quite remember where I found the instructions, but Mr.Chromebook/chromebox or something like that. And some guy with "Captain" in the name were extremely useful. I probably posted links in these forums to those websites in 2013-2015. Search.

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