I always secretly knew I was a geek. It might have something to do with the math and science classes that I was inherently more interested in back in school. Or maybe it was because of the thick glasses I wore up until high school that clued me in. Little did I know the nerd chic would be a thing. Didn’t see that one coming. Plus, I’m a dancer, a loud laugher, and as quick tempered as they come. So like a good Asian American girl, deny, deny deny. No, I can’t be a nerd like the rest of the asians Hollywood depicted. But it’s come to my attention that I can’t hide it anymore. Last week, I had the honor of being attending Google I/O 2013 conference and of course, there was some swag to be had.
With my new toy sparkling in my mind’s eye, I spent the morning looking up ways to run Ubuntu on my new Pixel Chrome Book. With glee, I carefully saved each web article into my well labeled Evenote system. Reading through every post at work, I skipped home to transform my Pixel into my main development box. In order to get around the fact that the Pixel gives you limited terminal access and your favorite text editor isn’t supported, you can boot the machine up in developer’s mode.
After careful consideration, I decided to go the route of using an Ubuntu chroot. Crouton, Chromium OS Ubuntu Chroot Environment, allows me to have both the Chrome OS and Ubuntu OS up at the same time. This way I can toggle between the two. However, it’s not a true Ubuntu virtual machine. On the flip side, Crouton saves me much needed memory space. Thanks to Brenton Simpson and his script, I am ready to rock and roll on my new Pixel!
For those of you new to Ubuntu machines, here are some helpful tips:
- Copy and Paste shortcut keys:
Ctrl + Shift + C
Ctrl + Shift + V
- If Vim isn’t your thing, try nano.
sudo apt-get install nano
- When you
add-apt-respository, don’t forget to
- This isn’t specific to Ubuntu, but if you ever find that you need to go to the beginning of the line to edit something, and the left arrow is just too slow,
Ctrl + Awill get you to the front of the line.
Ctrl + Egets you back to the end.
- And lastly, here’s a great article with more Terminal shortcuts that every developer needs to know.