I just installed Debian LXDE for the first time and I can't seem to find a way to simply install .deb packages like chrome, for instance. I tried gdebi and dpkg but got nowhere up until now. What's the secret here?
It's not available in the Debian Sources, one has to download the binary from Google directly, install it - the Installer will place the appropriate download source in '/etc/apt/sources.list.d' for the upgrade cycle.
Download the .deb. Use your Package Manager to look at the .deb you have downloaded. RIGHT click on the .deb. Choose "Open with Gdebi". Let Gdebi run.