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metadata 09-26-2016 04:15 PM

How is the performance of Linux via crouton in chromebook
Hi linux fans

This question is really for those who have gnu/linux running in chromebook via crouton. I am curious to know how well or not linux runs in a chroot environment, specially when using a GUI desktop environment. Is it fast, does it lags or what. Thanks in appreciation.

pwalden 09-26-2016 06:27 PM

I have a ASUS C300 with Crouton Ubuntu Precise.

Personally it is my favorite workstation now and the price cannot be beat. I like how it leverages the Chrome suspend and wifi features. I have not noticed any performance issues.

There are some things you have to work-around. For example some services, such as web servers or avahi, don't work out of the box and need to be tweaked to work. Sometimes a Chrome update will break the sound, but that is easily corrected. To unmount a thumb drive, I have to pop back to Chrome to eject the drive. It is easy to pop back and forth between Linux and Chrome using the Shift-Ctrl-Alt-leftarrow. The Crouton Wiki is a great help and source of ideas.

metadata 09-26-2016 07:28 PM

I saw a couple of youtube videos and most recommended a chromebook with an intel processor. I will go for that instead of ARM.

Anyway, thanks man. I appreciate it.

rokytnji 09-27-2016 07:50 AM


One interesting/kinda cool thing to consider: ChromeOS is based on Gentoo. Crouton works by installing a version of Ubuntu inside a Chroot session. So if you take this approach, you’ll be running Ubuntu on top of Gentoo. Which is fancy.

Performance is quite excellent. It’s not as fast as running, say, Debian directly on the hardware; ChromeOS is taking up some RAM and CPU cycles, after all. But, if you were running Crouton and let someone else use it, they would never know they were also running ChromeOS. Even encoding video was roughly as fast if I were running the Linux distro without ChromeOS.

Plus, Crouton allows you to utilize all of the hardware on your Chromebook via ChromeOS. This removes any need to configure your OS or patch your kernel, thus making it a much quicker process to set up. This is a nifty thing. Oh, and they share the clipboard. So you can copy text from GEdit in Crouton and paste it into a ChromeOS
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metadata 09-27-2016 04:07 PM


Originally Posted by rokytnji (Post 5610518)

I appreciate the link. Thanks

The chromebook I will be purchasing is an intel based celeron with 4gb of ram. I'll probably will run a small factor distro like xfce4 via crouton. This chromebook that I will purchase will not my main computer. My main computer is a desktop.

I like the chromebook pixel 2 but the price is a bit too high. I could get a cheaper intel i7 from system76. :)

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