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How to install Chrome OS on Ubuntu, and run them both side-by-side [Guide]

chrome_os__screenshot_1__by_misaki2009-d5qim0z [1]Ever wanted to turn your Ubuntu powered laptop or desktop into a Chromebook? Here’s your chance! Using the lightdm-chromeos-login¬†project, this guide will teach you how you can load up Chrome OS on your Ubuntu PC. Let’s get started!

Before We Begin

As this software is not stable and has not received an update in 7 months, this software is very iffy, and may not work for everyone. If you are having trouble getting it working, your best bet is to check out the developer’s issue section on GitHub [2].

This will only work with 64bit PCs running Ubuntu.

This piece of software has problems running on Ubuntu 13.04, so it is recommended that use the current long term support version of Ubuntu (12.04 LTS).

This guide is accomplished with the terminal. Open a terminal window by opening the Unity dash and searching for ‘terminal’.

Take note, once installed, Chrome OS and Ubuntu will act as two entirely separate entities. While in Chrome OS, you will not be able to use your Ubuntu apps. While in Ubuntu, you will not be able to use your Chrome OS apps.

It is recommended that you visit the developer’s GitHub page [3], as there is a list of features that do and do not work.

How To Run Chrome OS in Ubuntu 12.04 Long Term Support

wget https://dl.dropbox.com/u/302704/chromiumos/lightdm-login-chromiumos_1.1_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i lightdm-login-chromiumos_1.1_amd64.deb

sudo apt-get -f install

How To Uninstall Chrome OS

sudo dpkg -r lightdm-login-chromiumos_1.1_amd64.deb

sudo apt-get autoremove


Google’s Chrome OS is an interesting operating system, but too few people have gotten to check it out. With this guide, you’ve learned exactly how you can install Chrome OS onto your Ubuntu system, effectively allowing for even more choices on your favorite Linux based operating system.