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Install Bodhi Linux On ARM Chromebooks

Bodhi Linux is a lightweight and ‘eye candy’ Linux distro that features the Enlightenment desktop and applications. Jeff Hoogland, one of the key developers of this project has recently released images that you can use to install Bodhi Linux in your ARM based Chromebook. Note Bodhi Linux has a ARM CPU port, this post is aimed at installing Bodhi Linux specially in Chromebooks.Warning: This installation will erase all your local data and configurations, of your ChromeOS, so make sure you have backups. Installing Bodhi Linux will restore your PC to factory defaults settings.

  • Switch on to recovery mode by pressing escape and refresh keys. Once you get a recovery screen, press Ctrl+D and enter.
  • Once you have successfully booted up your system, wait for the things to get configured automatically. Choose a wireless access point and connect to a network. Then press Ctrl+Alt+-> keys and get into a terminal. If you are prompted to enter a username, type ‘chronos’ and press enter. Execute the following commands to download and run the Bodhi Linux installer.

                                     wget http://goo.gl/HFG6a

                                     sudo bash HFG6a

  • After running the second command, you will prompted to a screen that will display some information about your Chromebook. You can now press enter to start the installation.
  • Enter the amount of space you want to give to Bodhi Linux, 9 Gigabytes is recommended. The installer will repartition your drive and restart.
  • On rebooting, configure your network again and switch to a terminal. You need to again run the commands given in step 2. This time, the Bodhi Installer will download the Bodhi Linux image (300 mB) from the Internet, and it may take some time depending on your network speed.
  • Once you have rebooted, you will be greeted by the Enlightenment desktop. The default username is armhf and the default password is bodhilinux.
  • Incase you need to get back to your ChromeOS installation, all you need to do is run the following command. (Incase you forget it everytime, you can save it as a Bash alias).

                                sudo cgpt add -i 6 -P 0 -S 1 /dev/mmcblk0

  • For getting back to Bodhi Linux from ChromeOS, run:

                               sudo cgpt add -i 6 -P 5 -S 1 /dev/mmcblk0

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A forum has been set up by the Bodhi Linux community where you can report bugs and ask for help if you run into problems.

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