I installed crouton using the smaller ‘cli-extra’ target because I didn’t want to have to upgrade a desktop environment through two versions of Ubuntu.
sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t cli-extra
Then entered the crouton change root environment using ‘sudo enter-chroot’ and run:
sudo apt-get install update-manager do-release-upgrade -d
to get from 12.04 LTS to 12.10
to get from 12.10 to 13.04
Then installed cinnamon desktop, gnome-themes-* xserver-xorg xinit gnome-terminal
sudo apt-get install cinnamon gnome-themes-* xserver-xorg xinit gnome-terminal
Change allow_users=console to allowed_users=anybody in /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config
Added ‘exec gnome-session-cinnamon’ to ~/.xinitrc
Started X using ‘startx’
But found after about 10 minutes the HP Chromebook would dim the screen even though I was active in the Cinnamon Desktop Session
I posted a question here => https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton/issues/161 and the crouton author responded so fast it was amazing.
The fix after the fact was to upgrade crouton to the x11 target:
sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -r raring -n precise -u -t x11
You just have to be careful to specify the Ubuntu release you are currently running using the -r option and the name of the chroot folder using the -n folder.
After that the screen dimming worked very well.
I’m really grateful the author developed crouton because the #hpChromeBook is totally a network bound consumption device without it. But with crouton I can run LibreOffice, GIMP, Eclipse etc.