Crouton Installation Guide: Updated for Broadwell Chromebooks

So you’ve got yourself a brand-new Chromebook, featuring a 5th-generation Intel Broadwell CPU. Maybe you want to use Crouton to access a full Ubuntu environment, but don’t want to have to look all over the internet for the reference material you need to get started?

Good news: I’ve got you covered.

If you’re looking for a Crouton install guide and have a Haswell Celeron or Bay Trail Celeron processor, this will also work for you! Simply skip the sections regarding Intel driver updates and resolution adjustments.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive guide to installing Crouton and setting up Ubuntu in 8 steps:

  1. Enable Developer Mode
  2. Download Crouton
  3. Install Ubuntu
  4. Enter your chroot
  5. Adjust your Display
  6. Update your Intel drivers
  7. Install Ubuntu applications
  8. Exit your chroot

Each step is explained in detail, though I’ve tried to keep this basic enough that a novice could follow, and I’ve also focused on some specific options to keep this to a manageable size.

Again, while I’ve tailored this specifically to the new Broadwell-powered Chromebooks with a core i5 or i7 processor, the steps themselves will cover the vast majority of Intel Chromebooks; if you’re using a Haswell or Bay Trail-powered Chromebook, just skip step 6 as you won’t need to update your drivers. If using Bay Trail, strongly consider using XFCE rather than Unity.

NOTE: This guide also works for newer Core i3 Chromebooks including the Toshiba Chromebook 2015 and Dell Chromebook 13.

Please note that for those using the Intel Celeron 3205U Broadwell processor in the Acer C740, Acer C910, Acer Chromebook 15, and Dell Chromebook 15,  you should be able to follow this guide as well, follow the appropriate steps listed below. I can confirm I was able to install Trusty 14.04 with XFCE and the Crouton Extension enabled, and it worked beautifully on my Dell Chromebook 13.

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Asus C201 Video Review

Tired of the stress and strain of “reading words”? Perhaps instead of reading my Asus C201 review, you’d rather have my words fly directly into your ear holes?

Today’s your lucky day, friend, as below you’ll find a full video review of the Asus C201! You can currently buy this Chromebook for $159 from Amazon for the 2 GB version, or $189 for the 4 GB version, and I have to say I’ve really fallen for this device.

Enjoy the review, and stay after the end credits for the world’s best chicken impression…


Asus C201 – $169 Chromebook Review

As of this writing, there are three new Chromebooks from early 2015 available with MSRP’s below $199, all running on the Rockchip RK3288 SoC:

I’ve previously written about the Hisense and the Haier, and found the Hisense to be the better device overall, with the lone exception being the Haier’s superior battery.

The Asus C201 had a quiet release given the press coverage of those two cheaper and retailer-exclusive devices, but subsequently had very positive reviews on Amazon. It costs $20 more, but has generally the same specs as those two cheaper devices, with the addition of a promised 13-hour run time.

Is it worthy of the additional expense, or are you just paying for the name brand?

Let’s take a look at the Asus C201.


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