How To Get Linux Desktop Experience on Chrome OS.
Chrome OS can run Linux applications, you just need to enable Linux in the settings and then you can continue with terminal commands. However, we still install Linux apps on Chrome OS, and many users have felt the lack of widgets, app icons, Linux shortcuts, etc., which is only possible on the Linux desktop. Let’s install Linux on Chrome OS to get all the desktop experience.
As a reminder, this is not like installing any Linux distribution on a Chromebook, it is like installing Linux on top of a Chrome OS. This way, you won’t lose anything from your Chrome OS.
How to install Linux including UI on Chrome OS
Linux must be enabled on your Chromebook first. To do this, go to Settings Linux Enable. You can now use the terminal to install Linux applications.
We’re going to install KDE through the terminal. It is recommended that you change your password for security rather than working with the default password.
In case it asked for an old password that you don’t remember, you can turn Linux off and on again to clear all Linux files on your system.
To change your password, open a terminal and enter sudo passwd root
you can’t even see these password dots while typing. Don’t worry, you can just continue entering your password.
You have successfully changed your Linux password. In case KDE is promoting a password at any time, you can use that password to re-login.
Now, to install KDE, enter the following command. sudo apt-get install task-kde-desktop
Installing KDE on a Chromebook took about 45 minutes. So, sit back, sit back, and once the installation process is complete, you can start KDE by typing the following command in a terminal. startkde
It worked for me absolutely fine, but if you get a display error during installation, you can use the following code in the terminal and press Enter. It will add code to Linux files and solve the problem. If you have no errors, you can leave this step.
cp / etc / X11 / xinit / xinitrc ~ / .xinitrc
Once your Linux desktop is installed and running, you can right click to add widgets, shortcuts, etc. All Linux applications that you installed from the terminal earlier can be accessed from the KDE applications menu.
You can still access Chrome OS by closing the terminal. To access KDE, simply open a terminal and type “startkde”.
In case KDE asks for a password, you can use the password we set earlier.
As a hint, Chrome OS supports multiple desktops, you can open KDE on one desktop and Chrome OS on the other. This way, you can easily switch between Linux and Chrome OS using the three-finger shortcut on the trackpad.
Also Read: How to Cast Android Screen on Linux
In fact, I’m a big fan of the clean interface that Chrome OS offers. But if you are looking for all the features that Linux desktop has to offer. This is by far the cleanest and easiest way to access your Linux desktop on Chrome OS. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.