Using sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -t xfce -r utopic I can install ubuntu 14.10 with the xfce interface, it says I can load it up on chromeos by running sudo startxfce4 . But if I want to install another version, sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -t xfce -r kali , it gives me the same exact command to run that. I can install as many OS's as I want, but how do you run the others if you install 2 OS's with xfce for example? Since I installed utopic first, that's the only one that opens.

  • Crouton Runs in a chroot, as such you'd need multiple chroots. – eyoung100 Dec 31 '14 at 22:14

Crouton's startxfce4 command is just a wrapper around enter-chroot, which has a bunch of options that let you do atypical things like you're asking for. Say sudo enter-chroot --help for a list.

The one you want here is -n, which lets you name a specific chroot. The full command would be:

$ sudo enter-chroot -n kali exec startxfce4

You could wrap that up in a shell script, but since ChromeOS's command shell remembers history, I don't bother. I just say Ctrl-Alt-T to start the shell, then Ctrl-R to search back through the history for the big ugly command I want.

I use the ChromeOS shell — as opposed to the Ubuntu shell via Crouton — for little other than Crouton commands, so there's no danger that my carefully-composed long commands will ever fall out of the history.

Incidentally, two XFCE-based chroots are going to take a large chunk of the free space available on a typical Chromebook. You might want to store the chroots on an SD card instead of the internal storage, since most Chromebooks have a built-in SD card reader. Then you need to add something like -c /media/removable/Crouton/chroots to your enter-chroot command. (The Crouton part of that path is the name I've used for my SD card.)

  • sudo enter-chroot -c /media/removeable/Crouton/chroots -n kali exec startxfce4 ..... to run it off the sd card? – Aaron Dec 31 '14 at 23:30
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    @Aaron: Yes, assuming your SD card is called Crouton, the chroot you want to run is called kali, and you actually set the kali chroot up on the SD card. Again, run the various Crouton commands with --help to get an idea of all the many variations on the default functionality. – Warren Young Dec 31 '14 at 23:46
  • Could you just copy the contents to the sd card or you have to run a command when setting it up? what would that command be? – Aaron Dec 31 '14 at 23:51
  • @aaron: It's covered in the FAQ. – Warren Young Jan 1 '15 at 2:36
  • I dont see it on the main page but I found a thread someone created. Unless you can point me in the right direction. – Aaron Jan 1 '15 at 7:09

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